Contributions of Southeast Asia’s livestock sector to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

A Science and Partnership Workshop 2017: The Role of Livestock in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia being held 16 November 2017 in Hanoi brought together 60 leading livestock experts and policymakers from 8 Asian countries. The experts discussed ways to strengthen the many current and potential contributions of the region’s livestock sector to sustainable livelihoods and to the prosperity of 100 million people in the region.

Welcoming participants to the workshop, Vietnam Vice Minister of Agriculture Le Quoc Doanh said, ‘This workshop provides an opportunity to maximize contributions of the livestock sector to development agendas in this region. This meeting will help government and other stakeholders to focus on the highest priorities in the development of our livestock sectors. And it will help us find new opportunities for bringing the countries and agencies of Southeast Asia together in productive joint actions addressing joint opportunities and challenges.’

This workshop is hosted by Vietnam’s National Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) with technical and financial support from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Nguyen Thanh Son, director general of NIAS hoped to create an enduring platform for stakeholders in livestock development to develop a shared understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the region’s livestock sectors.

Science and partnership workshop 2017: The role of livestock in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in Southeast Asia

Representatives for 7 Southeast Asian countries shares information on their country’s livestock sector with other participants (photo credit: ILRI/Chi Nguyen).

Participants at the workshop explored how the livestock sector can contribute towards the development priorities for each country and for the region as a whole, and what the role of research is to address such opportunities. The workshop led to the identification of potential collaboration and partnership and possible opportunities to unlock livestock sector’s potentials to the achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Bright spots, hot spots and emerging issues for the livestock sector were highlighted in the opening sessions of the workshop. In the day’s afternoon sessions, the participants assessed the status of particularly promising livestock pathways to more sustainable and equitable prosperity in the region.

Explaining the many central roles that livestock and their producers, processors and marketers play in the region, Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), said that ‘Livestock helps us to boost economic growth and generate more incomes and to improve people’s food and nutritional security and health’, said Smith. ‘Directly or indirectly, improving small and medium-scale livestock systems can help the world meet each of its agreed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With research and development and policy support, this region’s many current small and medium scale livestock farming and herding production systems can be transformed into more vibrant, productive, efficient and resilient food systems, opening up particular opportunities for women and youth.’

In 2015, 17 Sustainable Development Goals were introduced and adopted by the United Nations as a framework for all stakeholders to create a better future for all people on the planet. The governments of Southeast Asian countries have moved from adoption of the 2030 Agenda to implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals at national levels. Some countries have taken steps to integrate the SDGs into existing national development plans, policies and legislation, while other governments are establishing or strengthening coordination bodies or mapping institutional responsibilities.


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For the editor

• The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. ILRI’s mission is to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock—ensuring better lives through livestock.

• The National Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) falls under Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. It has a mandate for planning and designing national research programs in animal science, for implementing and managing approved national research programs, for undertaking studies on animal breeding and genetics to improve animal performance, for conducting studies on economics, livestock farming systems and marketing, and for undertaking studies on animal feed, nutrition and related issues including feed analysis, nutrient requirements for different species of animals and feeding regimes.

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