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People, Livestock and the Environment

Poster prepared by ILRI for the ILRI Annual Program Meeting (APM) 2010, held at ILRI campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 14-17, 2010.

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People, Livestock and the Environment

  1. 1. People, Livestock and the Environment Livestock can have positive and negative impacts on the environment, on society and on health. These are vastly different depending on many factors, such as: Developing or developed country Degree of intensification – from large scale industrial production to intense smallholders through to extensive pastoralists and everything in between Economic development – agricultural, transforming, urbanized ILRI’s People, Livestock and the Environment theme seeks to understand how the transitions of livestock systems can occur in Identifying ways that do not damage the environment. Here we show opportunities for examples of how our research identifies potential livestock “bads” improved and seeks to find opportunities to mitigate these through: management of water for livestock Optimizing ways Feed block manufacturing: supplementation, densification to feed animals using mostly Sorghum stover - locally available Ingredients % a valuable feed in resources Sorghum stover 50 Bran/husks/hulls 18 Hyderabad Oilcakes 18 Molasses 8 Grains 4 Minerals, vitamins, 2 urea Finding livestock feeds that make the most Courtesy: Miracle Fodder and Feeds PVT LTD use of natural variation Understanding how livestock management in extensive systems can contribute to the conservation of biodiversity The good news is … And the not so good news is … There are opportunities to improve livestock production without In many cases, livestock production comes with an undue environmental damage environmental cost, and mitigating this requires complex, new and innovative biophysical and social science April 2010