There is a great scientific program planned and, to be delivered with interactive panel discussions, debates, hard talks on hot topics and emerging new patterns in African animal agriculture; as well as social events. Special attention will be given to:
- Opportunities and prospects for transforming ruminant livestock systems in Africa. [with a special focus on dairying and including the disciplinary areas – genetics/breeding, nutrition/feeding, animal health, and input and output markets]
- Opportunities and prospects for transforming poultry and pig systems in Africa. [with a special focus on poultry, and including the disciplinary areas – genetics/breeding, nutrition/feeding, animal health, and input and output markets]
- Working animals – the animal welfare and human livelihood dimensions. [With special attention to the working donkeys and mules in Africa]
- Delivery of animal inputs and advisory services in Africa – the last mile challenge. [With special focus only on last mile delivery in remote locales]
- Climate change and animal agriculture – adaptation and mitigation opportunities and prospects in animal agriculture [Focus on implications for different ecologies and the more vulnerable production systems in Africa]
- Capacity development and partnerships for innovations in animal agriculture
- Data platforms for decision-making in animal agriculture.
The broader objective of this meeting will be met by attempting, through discussions of a series of papers, to answer the various questions around the thematic areas. It is hoped that, at the end of the conference, there will be specific recommendations for the key questions and major decisions made.