Sustainable Food Production

2013 Edition
| Editors: Paul Christou, Roxana Savin, Barry A. Costa-Pierce, Ignacy Misztal, C. Bruce A. Whitelaw

Breeding in Developing Countries and Tropics

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5797-8_344

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

Species breeding has led to marked genetic improvement of production by livestock in the developed world over the past decades. Selection has been so successful that the emphasis in the breeding objective has been changed to welfare, behavior, and other consumer-orientated objectives. The same level of progress has not been achieved in the developing world. Current and projected future population growth requires that food production from farm animals in these regions be improved markedly from the present inadequate levels. Limitations in the institutional infrastructure and the unique challenges of livestock production in the emerging world and the tropics were discussed in detail. This led to recommendations on how these challenges can be overcome and how “new” issues like global warming and animal welfare should be handled in a sustainable manner. Focus should be on the phenotyping of individuals for production and particularly...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Animal SciencesUniversity of StellenboschMatielandSouth Africa
  2. 2.Institute for Animal ProductionElsenburgSouth Africa