April 10, 2017
We recently reported on the Crawford Fund’s support of Mr Kent Nnadozie’s Australian visit—the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture highlighted international efforts at conserving plant genetic resources for agricultural productivity, resilience and food security.
This month we are pleased to report on a visit from Dr Jimmy Smith, Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Dr Smith’s overarching message during his Australian visit was that there is no moral equivalence between those who make bad food choices and consume too much animal-source food, and those many hungry people who, with no food choice at all, consume far too little.
Dr Smith highlighted that agriculture gets less than 5% of official development assistance (ODA) and of that agricultural ODA, livestock receives a miniscule amount—a share less than 5%—despite the fact that the livestock sub-sector makes up 40% of agricultural GDP in developing countries.
“ILRI and our partners in Australia and around the world believe we must do more to help men, women and young people to grasp opportunities to help meet the rising demand for animal-source foods and to encourage the transition of nearly a billion people from being smallholders to ‘smartholders,’” he concluded.
The Crawford Fund is helping with the media surrounding Dr Smith’s visit, and will continue to provide links as they become available.