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Eat or feed, that’s the question! About (un) sustainable livestock policies and practices

17 February 2016,
13:30 to 17:30

The conference will tackle the following issues: Do we need livestock? Can we afford their feeding? Are there alternatives? Is there a sustainable pathway of development, with or without livestock? What policies are needed to enable this pathway? The conference is aimed at professionals involved in livestock production, veterinary and engineering students, policy makers, experts, and the interested public. It will consider what the future for livestock production can be like and should be like. Therefore, recommendations at the end of the session can lead to future advocacy actions. 

To register, please do so online on the website of be-troplive ( or send an email to, before Wednesday 10 February 2016.

Conference with presentations and debate with the following speakers:

Thierry Kesteloot, Policy Advisor at Oxfam Solidariteit/Solidarité will focus on the direction the system of global food production and consumption is taking and how this affects farmers in both the North and the South. His approach will be based on the ‘right to food’.

Ced Hesse, principal researcher on climate change at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) will focus on how drylands and dryland economics are evolving and what their importance is regarding climate change. Particular attention will be given to pastoralism and other ways of dealing with climatic irregularities.

Oumou Khairy Diallo (CNCR – ROPPA) will focus on her work related to advocating pastoralism and family farming in Senegal and West-Africa. She will emphasize on the role of family farming in an ever evolving world where more and more people need to be fed.

Erik Mijten (Boerenbond – to be confirmed) will focus on what livestock production will look like in the years to come in Belgium/Europe. He will elaborate on the role of the livestock sector and particular ideas on how this sector will evolve, based on a growing demand for livestock products.

There will be ample time for discussion and debate, moderated by Alma De Walsche , MO* magazine!



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