Africa / Agriculture / Environment / ILRI40 / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS

Assessing the environmental impact of livestock industry development pathways

Consumption of animal source foods in sub-Saharan Africa is forecast to increase by 25% by 2050. Meeting increased demand for livestock products will depend on a strong environmental resource base and functioning ecosystem services. Decision-makers and industry advocates, therefore, will need to consider alternative development pathways and their related environmental impacts. How can such complex environmental assessments be incorporated into investment and policy decisions?

This poster, prepared for the ILRI@40 series of events, explains a framework that is being developed for assessing the environmental impact of the livestock industry’s development scenarios. This framework, which has been pilot tested in the MoreMilk in Tanzania project, aims to be flexible enough to cater for the diversity of livestock production systems in Africa and Asia, rapid enough to be useful for decision makers and sophisticated enough to improve confidence in decision-making.


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