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FAO renews its involvement in the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) Project


One billion people worldwide depend on livestock in part or fully for their livelihoods, food security and nutrition. The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) focus on how livestock assets can be protected and, if necessary, rebuilt in crises and emergencies. LEGS aims to improve the quality and timeliness of response by countries and partners, providing tools and guidance to facilitate the identification of appropriate interventions and promoting early action and preparedness.


The LEGS Project was initiated in 2006. A Steering Group made of individuals from different institutions (including FAO) was formed to oversee the development and publication of an international set of guidelines and standards for the design, implementation and assessment of livestock interventions to assist people affected by humanitarian crises.  The LEGS guidelines were developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders (using a mailing list of over 1500 individuals and organizations world-wide) leading to publication of the English version of the Handbook in April 2009. The Handbook is also available as a free download PDF from the LEGS website, and has been translated into French, Arabic and Spanish.


Following publication of the LEGS Handbook, training material was prepared and a worldwide training programme was launched. The training strategy is based on the training of trainers (TOT) who train cadres of LEGS trainers from each country in the region.  These LEGS trainers then carry out LEGS trainings independently. By August 2012, twelve regional TOTs have been completed, resulting in 204 LEGS trainers (including 42 women) from 59 countries. These trainers are providing LEGS training and thus far have carried out 78 LEGS training courses in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. LEGS has been received very positively in countries where it has been applied.


The project goes on, building on the successes of the previous phases. Other planned activities include the development of a Rapid Response Planning capacity; the development of evaluation templates and other tools that draw on LEGS for evaluating livestock-based emergency responses; and the updating and revising the Handbook including new and emerging approaches.


For more information on LEGS, visit the Web site.

The current phase of this project is co-funded by the European Union for an amount of 650 000 Euros.