Commercialisation of livestock agriculture in Africa: Challenges and opportunities

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For too long, the potential of the livestock sector in Africa has not received the attention it deserves. Policies and other institutions promoting livestock development have been weak or absent in most African countries.  Commercialization has not been a focus and livestock production remained predominantly subsistence-oriented. Commercially oriented animal production systems are more likely to respond to demand and price signals, thus allocating scarce resources more efficiently. Commercial orientation is also likely to have a more sustainable effect in increasing incomes and improving food security. Hence, it is crucial for Africa to develop policies, strategies and programs that address constraints to the commercialization of its animal agriculture. These interventions should consider the entire value chain, including input delivery, production, processing, marketing and distribution.

In the past, the debate on the type of appropriate interventions for the improvement of livestock in Africa was limited to technical innovations to enhance production and…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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