Wildlife is very important to the livelihood of rural and urban
populations, both for its direct contribution of valuable proteins and for
its contribution to income generation. This FAO Conservation Guide reviews
the many modes in which wildlife contributes to food security in Africa.
It analyses in depth the role of wildlife as a source of food, including
bushmeat and other wild animal products, as well as ways in which wildlife
contributes indirectly to food security by providing opportunities for
income generation such as trade in wildlife and ecotourism. A number of
promising emerging wildlife production systems, including wildlife
ranching, farming and domestication, are introduced and discussed. The
book ends with an expression of strong confidence that wildlife can
contribute significantly to food security in Africa when proper measures
and approaches are taken.