Registration opens: 5th April 2015
Registration deadline: 5th June 2016
Exhibitors registration: 5th May 2016
Call for abstracts opens: 15th March 2016
Deadline for abstract submission: 15th May 2016
“FOSTERING INNOVATIONS FOR THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY”
The livestock sector in most developing countries has been on an upward trend, experiencing expansion in mainly small-scale production systems thereby sustaining livelihoods and contributing significantly to gross domestic product (GDP) of most countries. A livestock revolution is taking place owing to increased demand for livestock products emanating from increasing urbanization, population growth and improving household incomes. For instance, demand for dairy products is projected to increase at 3.2 to 3.5% annually. This sectoral expansion can only occur when it is supported by experts with specific hand skills and knowledge to support the growth as well as technological innovations.
In order to meet the ever increasing demand for livestock products, there is need for development of production systems that are efficient. The efficiency of the systems in this case refers not only to producing adequate products timely to meet the demands, but also safe to the consumer. In order to achieve this, it is important that sector players become innovative in their utilization of production resources. It has been observed that use of innovative production technologies is skewed in favour of large scale systems. This could be attributed to economics of scale. However, to enhance productivity in the smallholder systems, it is important that the sector becomes innovative to make the innovations and technologies that are supporting large scale production available to smallholder production. To facilitate this transition, deliberate eefforts have to be made to bring together producers, animal scientist, production systems specialists, economists as well as technology developers and entrepreneurs. This is what the 1st World Congress on Innovations for Livestock Development (1st WCILD) is all about. Read more