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Publication | 2 February 2021

East Africa - Animal Feed Action Plan

Global Food and Nutrition Security

Livestock is a crucial source of food, employment, and income for much of East Africa’s rural population, as well as generating investment from the private sector and other actors. The subsector contributes significantly to export revenues, national GDPs, and thus the region’s broader socio-economic development. Governments across the region recognize the huge potential of the subsector for eradicating hunger and poverty and improving people’s welfare. Yet, it faces a wide range of challenges, particularly in terms of ensuring sustainable access to and use of water and feed for livestock.

For the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), livestock production and related value chains, when effectively harnessed, can be the foundations of resilience and sustainable development for pastoral and agropastoral populations across the region.