FAO online database aims to protect local livestock diversity

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A row of cattle waiting to be fed at the National Livestock Development Board Farm in Mahaberiyathenna, Sri Lanka. Photo: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Safeguarding livestock diversity is the objective of the latest version of an online database launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The goal is to help countries better monitor and manage animal breeds at risk of extinction: something which could threaten access to food but also sustainable development in rural areas.

FAO estimates that around 25 percent of the world's local farm animal breeds run the risk of being wiped out, such as the Inyambo cattle in Rwanda and the H'mong pig in Vietnam.

To find out more about the new Domestic Animal Diversity Information System, or DAD-IS, Murielle Sarr spoke to the agency's Animal Production Officer, Roswitha Baumung.

Duration: 2'16"

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