This policy briefing summarises Working Paper No. 27.
In the case study countries, with a view to rural poverty reduction, the
current policy framework appears unbalanced under two perspectives.
First, it implicitly focuses on livestock production and productivity,
rather than on poor livestock holders and their livelihoods. Second,
current policies are biased towards 'kick-starting domestic livestock
markets' and 'expanding to international output markets'. Yet, secure
access to basic production inputs and reduced vulnerability are key
elements for poor livestock holders to efficiently respond to policies
designed to 'kick-starting' and 'expanding' markets and hence to
Governments should be more aware of the causal links between livestock
sector development and poverty reduction, and take the poor
livestock-producing household rather than a production function as the
entry point for policy design. This would imply focusing not only on
technical issues and market policies but also on strategies promoting
access to basic resources, and reducing vulnerability and transaction
costs of small livestock producers. Only then will input and output
market policies be effective, sustainable and pro-poor.
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 2 pp.
Livestock Policies and Poverty Reduction in Africa, Asia and Latin America