On 13 October, the International Livestock Research Institute and Cornell University hosted a ‘workshop cafe’ at the
2nd International Conference on Global Food Security taking place in Ithaca, New York.
Livestock, the fastest-growing, highest-value and a highly controversial agriculture sector, is at a crossroads. Following a new set of 17 sustainable development goals, the current and potential roles of livestock systems in food and nutrition security and other aspects of sustainable development, including the environment, human health and livelihoods, continue to be debated.
Opinions are sharply divided in the industrialized world between those who consider animals to be more part of the solution and those who consider them to be more part of the problem.
Using the format of lively and critical debate – in plenary and in groups -, workshop participants identified challenges and formulate actionable responses to advance the roles livestock play in sustainable global food security.
Taking place from 1600-1730, the cafe featured three challenging contributions arguing for and against animal-source foods as contributing to food security – by Delia Grace (ILRI), Christopher Delgado (World Resources Institute) and Tara Garnett (Food Climate Research Network). After group deliberations, Andrew Mude (ILRI) reflected on the various positions ‘from the field.’