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How animal protein can effectively feed millions

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article image At the panel discussion on the use of animal protein to effectively tackle world hunger

Business leaders from two of the world’s largest population centres provided insight into how their companies utilise animal protein to effectively feed their growing countries.

In the panel discussion, ‘Adapting to Change: The Role of Animal Protein in Feeding a Hungry World’, President and CEO of Kemin Indus, Dr Chris Nelson, led Balram Singh Yadav of India and Shouchun Wang of China in discussing how their countries, which are top poultry producers, utilise native resources with some animal feed imports to supply their people with high quality animal protein products, all while confronting challenges such as the avian flu and drought.

During the opening of the dialogue, World Food Prize Foundation leader Dr Kenneth Quinn, former US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, questioned whether the world can sustainably feed the 9 billion people estimated to inhabit Earth by 2050. Panellists Balram and Wang indicated that farmers can supply animal protein such as poultry, pork, beef, fish, milk and eggs to provide the right type of protein required for humans and do so in a sustainable and economical way.

Balram, Managing Director of Godrej Agrovet, one of India's leading diversified agribusiness companies, and also of Godrej Tyson Foods, Ltd., noted that in 2012, India produced 7.5 million tons of animal-sourced protein, including milk, meat and eggs, but only 4.5 million tons from vegetable sources other than cereals.

He observed that the rapid growth of the animal protein industry can be attributed to India’s better economic status and an expanding middle class. Though India’s per capita consumption of animal protein is much lower than the world average, it is rising rapidly with 37% of agricultural growth output in the past five years coming from animal protein. Within this category output of eggs and meat has risen faster and poultry the fastest.

Founder and chairman of Shandong Xiantan Co. Ltd., Wang explains his country's goal is to provide healthy, high quality chicken meat to its people. With the idea of feeding the nation, China's farmers and businesses have had to make broiler farming environmentally friendly and secure the food supplies necessary to sustain production levels.

To ensure high quality, healthy chicken, China imports soybeans for feed, but is using some of its own vegetable seed oils to replace some of the imported soybean meal used in the chicken feed.

Shandong Xiantan Co. Ltd. is the largest broiler integrator in Shandong and one of the leading broiler integrators in China, supplying broiler products to KFC and McDonald's.

Kemin Pacific Region is committed to continual innovation and research for finding healthy and efficient ways to improve animal production.

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