The valuable and crucial role of livestock production was featured recently in one of the highest-level global forums – the United Nations Food Systems Summit. During the summit, Carlos Cherniak, sub-committee chair, delivered a passionate speech about the incredibly valuable role of livestock production for ensuring sustainable global food supply and to meet nutritional needs.
Mr Cherniak criticised the hostile global narrative around the sector and said it had nothing to do with science saying, “two years ago, an attempt was made to demonise the sector and blame it for all the deficiencies concerning food systems”. Livestock had now been identified as part of the solution to improving food systems, he said, and livestock-derived foods provided an irreplaceable source of vital nutrients for humans. “Animal farming is a critical activity that boosts regional economies, creates employment, and fosters livelihood incomes,” he said. “Livestock is a cross cutting activity that is not only indispensable for global food security but also locally for social inclusion and economic growth.”
These topics will also be on the agenda at the first ever meeting on global livestock by the FAO this September.