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Addressing World Hunger Issues

14 May 2014

US – In many parts of the world where hunger is a major problem, goats are the primary livestock.

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service is addressing hunger problems in the third world.

Tad Sonstegard, Research Geneticist, USDA Agricultural Research Service said: “Ninety per cent of the world’s goats are actually in these nations with developing economies where people usually don’t have enough food. So it’s a very critical meat and milk source in these nations.”

US Department of Agriculture scientists with the Agricultural Research Service say that one of the problems is that in many rapidly developing and undeveloped countries the best goat is eaten during celebrations or sold quickly to make money.

Dr Sonstegard said: “Thus that opportunity to improve the genetics is lost because the animal goes into food immediately.”

Dr Sonstegard and ARS collegues are studying the genetics of goats in Africa to work out which ones to keep in the herd

Dr Sonstegard said: “And how they stack up against goats in countries, typically Europe, where they have done a lot of advanced breeding for dairy production. “

ARS said that the work of Dr Sonstegard and his colleagues is important in solving global food challenges.

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator, USDA Agricultural Research Service said: “Productivity in agriculture is critical to feeding the world’s population, which we know is going to grow from about six point six billion today to almost nine billion by 2050.”

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