Innovative policies needed for increasing meat demand

Africa may import as much as 20% of animal source foods such as beef, poultry and milk by 2050 if it does not adopt innovative policies to meet increasing demand, a report warns.

The World Bank projects that African producers will be unable to satisfy the growing demand for livestock products.

The report, which was  published by the Malabo Montpellier Panel in July, says that the average African as of 2013 consumed about 19 kilograms of meat and 44 kilograms  of milk per year but these are expected to rise to 26 kilograms and  64 kilograms respectively  in 2050.

The 16-member expert panel reviewed policies and other publications on livestock in Africa and used case studies to assess the lessons learned from four countries – Ethiopia, Mali, South Africa and Uganda – to provide recommendations for Africa’s livestock sector.

The report says that Africa is a livestock-rich continent, with the sector contributing between 30 and 80% to countries’ agricultural and national gross domestic product.   

According to Araba, sustainably strengthening Africa’s livestock sector can provide a major opportunity to boost economic empowerment, specifically of young people and women, improve livelihoods and advance progress towards broader national, continental and global development targets.

 “The livestock sector has high potential to reduce poverty in Africa’s rural and peri-urban areas, forming the basis of the livelihoods of almost one out of three people on the continent. A growing demand for animal sourced foods also points toward new employment opportunities, because these foods are rich sources of bioavailable energy, protein, and micronutrients. They serve the possibility of addressing persistent malnutrition.” 

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