This Working Paper presents a framework for assessing the impact of
livestock diseases on the household economy and at local level. The
framework is designed to help decision and policy makers in their
selection of pro-poor livestock interventions. It should also help to
protect them from making decisions under unwanted pressure from strong,
non-objective political voices.
The immediate users of the assessment methods presented in the Working
Paper are expected to be consultants who have to evaluate interventions
on behalf of their clients. These clients may be multi and bi lateral
donors and, possibly, NGOs. Other users of the output could be
governments receiving aid and communities receiving support.
The author has drawn upon past experience to provide case histories to
illustrate how the methods work in practice but he acknowledges that
input from others working in this field will be important. Not only will
further development work be required on the methods themselves, but it
will be important to present the analysis and results in a format that
is attractive and easily understood by policy makers.
The Paper proposes a methodology that involves, initially, a rapid
assessment to identify potential interventions and select the most
promising for further analysis. Secondly, methods are proposed for
making a more rigorous assessment of the selected interventions.
Household and local economy models are used to determine their likely
impact. The final step would involve implementing a selected
intervention and then monitoring its impact. The results will refine the
models and provide useful data for future policy making.
The many flow charts, matrices, tables and figures that illustrate the
conceptual framework that is the core of this Working Paper will be of
special interest to those working on household economy modelling as a
means to assess the pro-poor impact of livestock policies at local and
A three page executive summary is also available in addition to this
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, vii+41pp.