Improving food security, nutrition and incomes: the contribution of small stock uri icon


  • Despite years of work, the development indicators relating to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) oftendisappoint. For example, the highest incidence of undernourishment in the world occurs in SSAwhere one out of every three people suffers from chronic hunger (WDR, 2007). Per capita foodconsumption in SSA is on the decline (Shapouri et al., 1999). Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region inthe world where the number of rural poor is on the rise (WDR, 2007).The majority (86%) of SSA?s combined population of 200 million relies on the agriculture sector.Therefore, it is no surprise that we look to this sector to provide solutions to the issues of chronicpoverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition. Improvements here have the possibility of impactingmillions. This brief looks at the contribution that livestock, small stock in particular, can maketowards achieving food and nutritional security and improving social wellbeing in southern Africa

publication date

  • 2013