The vision of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is to sustainably intensify smallholder livestock systems through groundbreaking research, technology application, significant capacity building, and co-production of knowledge in order to improve human nutrition, health, and incomes.
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Animal-source foods (ASF) are commonly lacking in the diets of the poor and vulnerable in developing countries, particularly children and women who need them most. Due to their high content of quality protein and bioavailable micronutrients, increased consumption of ASF can improve the nutritional status as well as the growth, psychomotor functions, cognitive development, and health of children, especially infants under the age of two.
Important causes of low ASF consumption include low productivity and profitability of smallholder livestock systems, resulting from, among others, low quality and availability of feeds, poor genetics, limited culling rates, high disease incidence (including food-borne and zoonotic diseases), and limited market access or engagement. By generating new and adapting existing innovations, our research for development and capacity building activities will help spur sustainable intensification of livestock systems which will improve household nutrition, food security, and incomes in addition to the competitiveness of smallholder livestock systems.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
Department of Animal Sciences
P.O. Box 110910
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