Investing in livestock is an investment in tackling ‘hidden hunger.’

One of the world’s biggest challenges is lack of good nutrition. It can affect people in any country, from Asia to Europe, because even when food is readily available, it may not have the nutrients needed for growth. This ‘hidden hunger’ affects two billion people — or nearly 1 out of every 4 people worldwide.

With milk, meat and eggs being such a nutrient-dense food, these proteins are often part of the foundation of programs to deliver more nutritious foods to at-risk areas. This is particularly important for children, especially in areas like Sub-Saharan Africa where 1/3rd of children are stunted and over half suffer from nutrient deficiency.

Supplying this type of nutrition relies on efficient and healthy livestock production. Animal health products help protect livestock against illness, securing a safe supply of food for billions worldwide.

As the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says, “Investing in nutrition makes economic sense as it improves productivity and economic growth and promotes the health of the nation.” Protecting livestock from disease is one of the best ways that we can make this investment.

Quick facts

More than 2.3 billion people (or 30 percent of the global population) lacked year-round access to adequate food

Globally, on average, every two cattle vaccinated is correlated with one person avoiding hunger

Poultry disease was associated with a 5% rise in hunger in 2019 – equal to an additional 34 million people going hungry

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