“Livestock for Livelihoods” Event to be Held July 23
June 16, 2014
Meeting the food security needs of the estimated 9 billion people by 2050 is a monumental task that requires immediate action. While there have been significant gains in food security in the recent years propelled by better coordinated approaches, more work needs to be done to feed this growing world population. Conventional agricultural solutions to these challenges often emphasize crop production, sidelining the critical role of livestock. Yet, in many developing countries, livestock are fundamental to smallholder farming families’ food, nutrition, and economic security. For many smallholder farmers, livestock-based interventions often have multiplier effects across other livelihood areas.
Recognizing this reality, Heifer International and the Alliance to End Hunger will host an event on July 23rd on the US Capitol Hill to raise awareness of US administration members, policy makers, and development organizations on the role of livestock in agricultural development, particularly on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. The event will feature keynote addresses from members of the US Senate Hunger Caucus as well as the US administration. A panel—including representatives from the UN agency IFAD, academia, the private sector, and smallholder female farmers—will discuss the role of livestock in building livelihoods, the importance of animal-based protein and micro-nutrients in human nutrition, as well as holistic and complimentary approaches to smallholder agriculture.
Following the presentations, there will be a time for questions and discussion. A light breakfast will be provided.
To see an updated list of speakers and to register, please click here.