Poultry International - August 2018 - 18
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How chicken can support
Sub-Saharan Africa's growth
Poultry has huge potential to meet the growing demand for food from
developing countries, and nowhere less so than in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Today's birds perform extremely well under varying climates and
challenging conditions, particularly important where resources may be
limited. | Flatffeet, Shutterstock
Chicken, without the taboos
associated with other meats and
thanks to the advancements made
by primary breeding companies, is
ideally positioned to meet growing
demands for animal protein.
Africa is the second most
populous continent on earth, and the
United Nations expects its population to grow to 2.5 billion in 2050
and to more than 4 billion by 2100.
By 2100, one out of every three
people on earth will live in Africa.
The population of Sub-Saharan
Africa (SSA) in particular, currently
at 800 million, is expected to rise to
2 billion by 2050 and to 3.7 billion
At the same time, per capita
incomes in some African countries,
including SSA, are forecast to accelerate beyond today's levels.
Economic indicators show that
SSA will grow by 18 percent between 2015 and 2020, then continue
a similar trend. Having said that,
SSA comprises diverse countries at
various stages of economic development, so growth is likely to vary
greatly across the region.
With this advancement will
naturally come a higher demand for
Why chicken is the sustainable meat option
food and especially for meat, and due
to its affordability, sustainability and
popularity, poultry is predicted to be
the region's protein of choice. But,
will this up-and-coming region be
prepared to meet surging demand?
Beating the challenges
For developing regions, poultry
farming presents opportunities and
Africa accounts for almost 16
percent of the world's population,
but only 5 percent of chicken meat
production. Hurdles to creating viable poultry businesses in parts of
Africa are cost, performance and
lack of education and experience in
Primary poultry breeders can
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