Interventions to strengthen the livestock sector in the developing world help reduce poverty and hunger because hundreds of millions of rural households rely heavily on livestock to sustain their livelihoods. Farm animals generate opportunities for on- and off-farm employment and provide important supplements to the cereal-based diets of the less well-to-do. At the same time, demographic growth and gains in real per capita income are drivers of increased demand for animal-source foods, particularly in rapidly growing and often densely populated developing countries.
The Livestock Sector Policy Menu presented in this volume has been prepared by the Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative. The Menu comprises a user-friendly, non-technical compilation of livestock-sector policies, programs and case studies to help policymakers and development practitioners formulate and implement plans for institutional reforms and livestock-sector-related policies. The livestock sector is viewed in the broader context of agriculture, with the Menu providing some 60 examples of policies and programs encompassing land tenure, insurance, animal health service provision, credit, marketing, trade, environment and research, all of which have a vital role in promoting rapid and inclusive growth of the sector.
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