The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 98 percent of the 870 million hungry people live in developing countries1. There, smallholder farmers produce most of the food consumed by their families and their communities and livestock is one of the farmers' most valuable assets. In addition to food output, livestock are used for draught power, transportation, fertilizer and fuel.
ZeroFly® Screen is an important tool for farmers in developing countries. It helps keep livestock healthy and productive and protects communities from diseases spread from the animals infected by flies.
ZeroFly® Screen also supports a multi-disciplinary One Health approach2, which aims to strengthen and improve the link between agriculture, improved nutritional outcomes and vector control. This approach recognizes that, in addition to tackling the issue of increasing food production, the decrease in serious disease burden will impact the percentage of the population who are able to work, along with the impact of disease on animal production. In addition to decreasing poverty and hunger, the increase in self-sufficiency leads to reduced imports and, if scaled up, provides a significant boost to the local economy.
1Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014.