Droughts, heat, erratic rainfall and floods can leave cows, sheep and goats with little to graze on. Changing climate will affect production of feed for livestock too. Harsh and extreme weather conditions can also reduce reproductive ability and undermine health of animals.
Livestock are essential for food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. They serve multiple purposes and are economically important, contributing 20–40% of agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) – in some countries, up to 80%.
Antimicrobial resistance in the livestock sector is an emerging global threat associated with extensive non-rational use of antimicrobials.
This presentation was held by Okeyo, A. Mwai & J.M.K. Ojango at the international seminar 'Livestock Resources for Food Security in the Light of Climate Change' co-hosted by SIANI and SLU Global in Uppsala on the 11th of March 2016.