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Future of Livestock: FAO to launch new report on Thursday

(L-R) FAO Uganda Country Representative Mr Antonio Querido, the European Union Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Attilio Pacifici, the Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Vincent Ssempijja at a recent event. (PHOTO/Agaba)

KAMPALA – Uganda’s population is steadily growing and in the next decades, population growth, urbanization, technological innovations and adoptions, increased movements of people and goods, and climate change, will thoroughly transform Ugandan society, in ways that are often unpredictable.

According to the report to be officially launched by Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Thursday 18, it notes that changes, including technology uptake, will affect sectors including livestock, its development, production systems and value chains.

This calls for an understanding of trends in consumption of animal source foods, and an assessment of returns to different investments to formulate and prioritize policy actions.

According to the report compiled by FAO, countries need to engage a multitude of stakeholders in conversations to ask critical questions to guide the long-term future of livestock in Uganda.

FAO Representative in Uganda, Antonio Querido expected at the launch of future of livestock in Uganda on Thursday. (PHOTO/File)

The report, produced with support from USAID, provides invaluable insights on actions to take today to make the Ugandan livestock systems more robust and resilient to an uncertain future, and sustainable from a social, environmental and public health perspective.

The report was also produced in partnership with the government of Uganda under the line ministries of Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries.

FAO will be launching this report on “THE FUTURE OF LIVESTOCK IN UGANDA: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY” to take place July 18, 2019, at Imperial Royale Hotel, starting at 9.00am.

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