Globalization describes the many processes by which society is becoming more interconnected and interdependent. It has many dimensions, trade, finance, information, culture, tourism, the spread of pests and diseases, migration, corruption, environmental change and the supply of food. It is here to stay and offers many opportunities for growth and change. The challenge must be, ‘can it be made to work for the reduction of poverty, instability and hunger?’
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) confidently predict that the demand for meat and animal products will increase by 50% between 2000 and 2020 and for eggs by 25% over the same period.