Notes to broadcasters on raising livestock in urban areas

    | November 5, 2012

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    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in conjunction with other institutions and researchers, recently released a series of papers on urban livestock keeping. Research for these papers was conducted in the Dagoretti area of Nairobi (home of the farmers featured in this week’s story), as well as Ibadan, Nigeria. The research looked at many aspects of disease prevention, including practices that protect farmers and people living near farms, and practices that ensure the safety of meat and dairy products sold to consumers.

    On its website, ILRI emphasizes the value of working with urban livestock farmers to manage the risk of disease. ILRI states: “Rather than bar poor people from livestock enterprises in urban areas in an attempt to protect public health, which could do the poor more harm than good, this study suggests that a more practical and equitable course is to work to enhance practices in small-scale urban livestock raising and informal livestock marketing by encouraging poor livestock producers, processors and sellers to upgrade some of their practices.”

    To read more about this research and find links to new research on urban livestock keeping, go to:

    Farm Radio International has produced many scripts about livestock farming, including practices for preventing animal-to-human disease transmission. Follow this link to browse a list of scripts on livestock and beekeeping:

    Whether you broadcast to an urban area, a rural area, or both, you might wish to produce a program about how your local livestock farmers manage health risks. You could visit the field and/or produce a call-in/text-in show that explores questions such as:
    -What practices do farmers carry out on the farm to protect themselves and their families from animal diseases? What steps do they take to protect their neighbours and community?
    -What practices do farmers use to ensure the safety of the animal products (such as meat, eggs, and milk) that they sell to consumers? What methods do they follow in their homes to ensure food safety when storing and preparing animal products?
    -What local resources (such as livestock co-operatives or agricultural extension officers) are available to help livestock keepers who want to ensure they are following best safety practices on their farm?