The main theme of this paper is that livestock production can make a
significant constribution to the livelihoods of the poor and offere
substantial scope for expansion to alleviate poverty. This potential is
far from being realised, however, and there is much wider scope for the
promotion of livestock, especially among poor rural communities, by
national and international policy makers.
Using Viet Nam as a case study, this paper describes how information
distilled from a variety of sources can be combined in an analytical
approach termed 'integrated poverty assessment of livestick promotion'
(IPALP), which aims at improving the general understanding about the
role of livestick in poverty alleviation, while at the same time
strengthening the basis of evidence on how policies can best support
Using a national and sub-national social accounting matrix, policy
experiments are conducted to assess the impact of an economy-wide policy
of WTO-style trade liberalisation, with and without concomitant
livestock promotion. The results indicate trade liberalisation with
concomitant livestock promotion has higher overall positive impacts and
plays an important role in offsetting adjustment costs.
Tools for this kind of ex ante assessment can support more effective
policies for outward oriented growth and poverty alleviation.
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 10 pp.
Integrated Poverty Assessment of Livestock Promotion: The Case of Viet Nam