Synthesis : Urban and periurban animal farming

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Synthesis : Urban and periurban animal farming

  1. 1. Synthesis: Urban and periurban animal farming Assoc Prof Sofia Boqvist Dept of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health
  2. 2. Increased urbanisation Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se
  3. 3. Urban and peri-urban agriculture • Increasing in both low- and high income countries • It involves approximately 800 million people and produces 15-20 % of the food in the world • Economically crucial for many poor smallholders Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se Photo:Sofia Boqvist
  4. 4. Urban animal farming Opportunitues • Closeness to the market • Possibility to use urban wastes and waste water • Women can combine it with household work • It is an opportunity to provide food for the family and an extra income Challenges • Local markets with living and dead animals • High density of people and animals • Supply of feed • Disposal of waste and manure Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se
  5. 5. Photo:Sofia Boqvist Photo:Sofia Boqvist Photo:Bengt Ekberg
  6. 6. Food security challenges… • Manure management • Enough feed of good quality • Infectious diseases, incl zoonoses Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se Photo:Sofia Boqvist
  7. 7. Common project: Potential disease transmission at an early level in the food chain aim: • increase our knowledge of how to use manure as fertilizer without spreading diseases, • increase access to feed of high quality without transmitting infections to livestock.
  8. 8. Vermicomposting • Study occurrence of known and unknown viruses and bacteria in: • earth worms that can be used for feed • compost materials used as fertilizer Photo:Björn Vinnerås Photo:Cecilia Lalander Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se
  9. 9. What have we achieved? • How to better utilise available feed resources for livestock • How to convert manure to feed • Data on risk of zoonotic infections in the food chain Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se
  10. 10. Holistic approach needed to solve challenges with urban livestock production with the final aim to increase food security Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se Photo:Sofia Boqvist

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