Western diets high in meat are coursing malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study presented recently at an international conference looking at agriculture and its effects on nutrition and health.
The report, presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), finds that if people in Western countries at less meat, the price of maize would fall in Africa.
The price is being driven up because maize is used as feed for livestock raised for meat. But in sub-Saharan Africa, maize is a staple for people, not animals. Only they can’t afford to buy it anymore.
The report concludes that Westerners eating less meat would help reduce this problem.
Other reports presented at the conference covered topics such as the economics of meat production and pricing, and the effect of subsidies on meat production.