Conference video (in German)
Kurzdokumentation der Livestock Futures Konferenz über die Zukunft der Nutztierhaltung
von Anne Welsing
Photo story: Livestock Keeping: Building a future by Susie Emmett, Green Shoots Productions
Much of the meat, milk and other products we enjoy from animals are produced by small scale livestock keepers and pastoralists. But their livelihoods are under threat. How to help?
The League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (LPP) brought together livestock keepers and international experts in Bonn, Germany for ‘Livestock Futures’. In this photo story they share their visions for the future and how to help small scale livestock keepers and pastoralists to thrive.
The Conference „Livestock Futures“ has highlighted the importance of integrating small scale livestock keepers in the dialogue about food security, biodiversity and environment conservation. Their contribution to these topics is invaluable and must be recognized.
While the numbers of people more than doubled during this time period, the number of farm animals grew 3.6 times, and the number of slaughtered animals even multiplied by the factor of 7.1. This trend is putting an unprecedented strain on the earth’s resources, with devastating effects on the environment, soil fertility, climate, and biodiversity. Public health – the massive use of antibiotics and growth promoters, as well as the rapid spread of diseases around the globe – is another major concern. And it seems that there is no end in sight to “Livestock’s long shadow”: The Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that the demand for livestock products will increase dramatically until 2050. The realization that we have a major predicament at hand, has triggered international organisations to initiate the Global Agenda of Action for a Sustainable Livestock Sector.
- Take stock of the current scenario
and its impacts on people, animals, and the environment.
- Investigate the problem from a global and systematic perspective rather than “developed countries versus developing countries”.
- Analyse the driving policy factors that have created the current situation.
- Identify promising policies and practices for globally and socially sustainable livestock farming Highlight the need for concerted
action at the international level and provide inputs to the Global Agenda of Action for a Sustainable Livestock Sector
- Define the cornerstones of a global
framework for a resilient livestock sector