This presentation was given at the New Opportunities for Dairy and Dual
Purpose Ruminant Systems in Latin America Workshop, held in Ixtapan de
la Sal, Mexico, 28-30 June 2006. The status of livestock farming in
Latin America is discussed, with the link to poverty made. The reasons
why livestock farming is not meeting its full potential for poverty
reduction are explained. The policy issues which need to be resolved to
advance the livestock sector are presented.