This policy briefing is based on Working Paper No. 12. Six case
studies were carried out in Bolivia, Ethiopia, India, Senegal, Vietnam
and the EU with the aim of defining the political actions that would be
needed to advance pro-poor livestock policies. Topics of interest are
highlighted: Poor livestock farmers are unlikely to engage effectively
in politics as their interests are often represented through patron
organisations; the understanding of politics amongst peasant farmer
groups is low; access to services is most important to these groups and
should be the target of subsidies; transaction costs in livestock
markets are harmful to poor producer livelihoods.
The briefing highlights a strong need for analysis of how international
trade can be optimised for the good of developing countries and their
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 2 pp.
The Political Economy of International Development and Pro-Poor Livestock Policies: A Comparative Assessment