Livestock production has a big environmental impact on the planet, but it also provides income for more than 1.3 billion people. Critical voices argue that the tropics should not take the West as a standard for animal production, because it will not be sustainable. Yet, the trend is that animal production increasingly takes place in the tropics. The demand for meat, eggs and dairy products is soaring here as a result of urbanisation and rising incomes. This can be considered good and bad news. Animal production provides new livelihood opportunities for small farmers and it can also supplement poor people’s diets, preventing malnourishment. But it simultaneously raises urgent questions on the sustainable use of the environment and public health risks.
In this Agromisa Lecture Series, Gijs den Hertog, senior expert animal husbandry and rural development will share his knowledge and views on the topic.
After his presentation, there will be time for questions and debate.