The 8th GASL Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting was recently held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Participants from 34 countries addressed global livestock sector sustainability. The meeting identified four key areas for its Action Plan 2019-2021 that will be implemented by its partner clusters, action networks and other supporting organizations:
• Food and nutrition security: for example, by raising awareness that micronutrient deficiencies affecting more than two billion people globally can be addressed with animal-source foods.
• Livelihoods and economic growth: acknowledging an estimated one billion people worldwide rely on livestock for livelihoods and income.
• Health and animal welfare: for example, by demonstrating to policymakers that every dollar invested in tackling diseases of animal origin generates an estimated five dollars’ worth of benefits.
• Climate and natural resources: livestock can make use of two thirds of the world’s arable land, which is unsuitable for cropping, while reducing livestock’s carbon “hoofprint”.