Droughts, heat, erratic rainfall and floods can leave cows, sheep and goats with little to graze on. Changing climate will affect production of feed for livestock too. Harsh and extreme weather conditions can also reduce reproductive ability and undermine health of animals.
The increased use of irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa has benefited the Anopheles arabiensis mosquito – an important malaria vector – particularly in rice paddies. A research team led from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences now shows that rice odours attract females, and elicit egg laying.
Livestock Resources for Food Security in the Light of Climate Change
Are we ready to meet the world’s increasing food demand over the coming decades? Some people are doubtful of how we are going to feed 2.4 billion more people when no extra land is available and degradation of existing farmland is widespread.
Emerging both as a result of the global resource squeeze and recent bio-science achievements, Knowledge Based Bio-economy is increasingly seen as an opportunity for sustainable economic growth based on renewable resources. Bio-economy is a way to move away from the fossil fuel based economy, revitalize rural development and promote circular economy.