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The Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative

By: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Nutrition Reference Publication

Excerpt: IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, FAO HAS a mandate for normative activities, which fall broadly under five areas (FAO 2000): maintaining databases of statistical information; providing a world centre of food and agriculture knowledge, information and expertise; providing a neutral forum for policy dialogue among nations and for the preparation of international agreements; developing international norms, standards and conventions; and disseminating ...

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Why Policies and Institutions

By: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Nutrition Reference Publication

Excerpt: DEVELOPMENT INTERVENTIONS IN THE LIVESTOCK SECTOR HAVE, generally, not been very successful. Undoubtedly inappropriate technologies and the failure to deliver services to poor farmers have contributed greatly to the lack of success of many livestock development projects. However, even in cases where the technologies were appropriately targeted and the focus was distinctly pro-poor, technical projects have in many cases failed to deliver significant and sustainab...

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Why Livestock

By: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Nutrition Reference Publication

Excerpt: IN MOST AREAS OF THE WORLD, POVERTY IS STILL LARGELY A RURAL phenomenon. Around 630 million rural poor rely on livestock for their livelihoods (Livestock In Development 1999). A key feature of livestock-keeping is the variety of ways it supports the livelihoods strategies of the poor. Livestock can provide a steady stream of food and revenues, help to raise whole farm productivity and are often the only livelihood option available to the landless as they allow t...

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Why Pro-Poor

By: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Nutrition Reference Publication

Excerpt: IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 1.2 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD LIVE BELOW A POVERTY line defined by US$ 1.00 per day, and that three-quarters of these work and live in the rural areas (Ravallion 2001). This is more than the populations of North America and Western Europe combined. Apart from the ethical considerations surrounding poverty in a world of plenty, poverty exacerbates issues such as disease risk, uncontrolled migrations, political unrest, violence and crime. On...

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The Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative

By: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Nutrition Reference Publication

Excerpt: WITH THE ADOPTION OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS, the international community has formally subscribed to halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. A key challenge is therefore to identify and promote income opportunities that may lead to significant economic growth for the poor. In the face of limited possibilities the livestock sector appears to present a real opportunity to enhance the livelihoods of a large proportion of the world?s poor.

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