Global Donor Platform for Rural Development
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Livestock contribute to the livelihoods of an estimated 70 percent of the world's rural poor. The increasing demand for animal protein in low- and middle-income countries provides an opportunity for the poor to improve their livelihoods. However, the nature of livestock farming and marketing of livestock and their products is determined by policy and institutional frameworks that rarely favour the poor.
The livestock sector in general and pastoralism in particular show great potential to make substantial contributions in poverty reduction and food security. Estimations point out that the livelihoods of 70 percent of the world's rural poor are partly based on livestock. In addition, pastoralism is one of the dominating rural livelihoods in food insecure regions like the Horn of Africa or the Sahel. Intertwined with these issues are questions of climate change prevention and adaption which are increasingly important for the livestock sector along with matters of resource use effectiveness.
The thematic group on livestock and pastoralism aims to share best practice examples on questions of sustainable and ‘pro-poor’ livestock systems and to facilitate knowledge on ‘climate-smart livestock’. These activities are meant to build a solid knowledge base on how to make best use of the livestock sector towards poverty reduction and food security in sustainable ways.
The "Global Agenda of Action in Support of Sustainable Livestock Sector Development" brings together actors committed to sustainable livestock sector development. The purpose of this partnership is to catalyze and guide the continuous improvement of livestock sector practices towards more efficient use of natural resources. Partners from all stakeholder groups are involved in this initiative: public sector, private sector and producers, civil society and NGOs, academia and research, and inter-governmental groups. The initial set up of the Agenda consists, among others, of an open Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) and network to consult and build consensus on priority issues and actions. The Agenda regularly organizes workshops and multi-stakeholder platform meetings.
The initiative for the Agenda came from FAO. In 2010, FAO, with financial support of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation of the Netherlands, started a process of building a Global Agenda of Action for Sustainable Livestock Sector Development on broad based, voluntary and informal stakeholder commitment to act towards improved sector performance by targeting natural resource protection, while including poverty reduction and public health protection, as they relate to the livestock sector. More recently, the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture has also pledged its financial support to the initiative.
Global objective__ To increase the knowledge of the role of Pastoralism and Livestock in ARD within and outside the Platform
Download the Platform workplan 2013 as pdf
Knowledge sharing (internal)
Support the IADG community of practice and strengthen knowledge base about pastoralism/livestock
N1) Members exchange about donors Pastoralism/Livestock strategies
N3) Members deepen dialogue with IADG on collaboration
N1) Facilitate information exchange via telephone conferences, interviews, website etc.