Solutions for sustainable livestock production in Asia

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    Rice is central to food security in Asia. The domestication of rice in Asia is well known, and its reliable supply continues to be a key component of food security strategies in the region. Indonesian health officials visit a residential area to search for backyard chickens in Jakarta, 24 February 2006 (Photo: Reuters/Crack Palinggi). Less well known is that chickens and pigs were also domesticated in Asia and that livestock continue to play a key role in its cultures and economies. According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, access to animal-source food for women and children is also important to achieving good health and nutrition. The organisation states that in Southeast Asia, complementary diets are usually rice-based and tend to contain small amounts of animal-source foods. This limits access to quality protein and micronutrients — which contributes to long-term negative health outcomes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Specialist publicationEast Asia Forum
    Publication statusPublished - 2023


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