Livestock production is a key component of the global food system. Livestock sectors all over the world provide food and generate income for millions of farmers and actors within the value chain. However, the growing demand for resource intensive animal products, and the industrialization of production has resulted in a wide range of environmental, social, and ethical concerns.
The panel discussion on “Agriculture for the Future” focused on different aspects of livestock production, by seeking answers for the leading question: “Is there a role of livestock in a sustainable future food system?”. The discussion was preceded by presentations on livestock production or consumption, current problems, possible solutions and some future scenarios. The panelists comprised international experts from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland; University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya; the Universidade Federal de Grande Dourados (UFGD), Brazil; and University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (UASB), India, who presented different perspectives drawing from continental and national experiences.
The panel discussion was held at Campus Grüental, Institute of Natural Resource Sciences of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences on June 13, 2023. Prof. Oliver Vivian Wasonga from LARMAT who represented the University of Nairobi gave a presentation on the “Livestock Sector in Kenya: Challenges and Future Options for Resilient Systems”