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Welcome to the CoP-PPLD Sharing Network!

The Portal of the Community of Practice for Pro-poor Livestock Development (CoP-PPLD) is an on-line sharing network for practitioners, managers, researchers and other actors involved in pro-poor livestock development that want to exchange experiences, innovative approaches, best/next practices and other knowledge (including tacit) for the CoP-PPLD’s mutual learning.

Our shared goal is to learn from and give a voice to the livestock community regarding a wide range of issues affecting the poor livestock keepers today, contributing thus to livestock development as an instrument for poverty reduction.

Knowledge sharing depends on the quality of our relationships, and on finding new and improved ways to communicate with like-minded people, colleagues, and other stakeholders. Therefore, this portal as been designed around dynamic, interactive components through which CoP-PPLD members can upload and exchange knowledge, support cooperation and common initiatives, participate in general discussions, post questions of specific interest, increase public awareness about the importance of livestock development in the daily lives of poor farmers, and/or simply share views with other development practitioners around the world.

The community is you and you are the community. For the CoP to be effective and sustainable, we kindly request your on-going participation, commitment and interest.

Please visit our portal and make good use of the tools here. If you have any comments or suggestions to improve the CoP-PPLD functionality, feel free to contact us at:

The Importance of Pro-poor Livestock Development

Livestock contributes to the sustainable livelihoods and security of more than 800 million poor smallholders in the form of Natural Capital (meat, milk, wool, hide, rangeland and pasture); Financial Capital (cash, savings, credit, insurance, gifts, remittances); and Social Capital (traditions, wealth, prestige, identity, respect, friendship, marriage dowries and festivities).

Most livestock keepers – about 95 per cent – live in extreme poverty. Even though livestock keeping offers a promising opportunity to combat poverty, most livestock policies and services tend to favour large-scale production. In order to take advantage of emerging market demands, small farmers and herders need access to basic services and technologies (i.e. veterinary care, roads and grazing lands) as well as policies that take their needs into account.

Within this framework and through its activities and Sharing Network, the CoP-PPLD intends to develop collective strategies to promote livestock as a tool for poverty reduction. We strive to empower poor livestock keepers to actively participate in decision-making processes and in the management of their livelihoods.



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Presentations from the Informal Consultation on Livestock Issues between the FAO Animal Production and Health Division and interested Non-Governmental Organizations. 1–2 December 2009 Italy, Rome FAO Headquarters.

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