Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative (PPLPI)
Livestock contribute to the livelihoods of an estimated 600 to 700 million rural poor by providing a small but steady stream of food and income, raising farm productivity, increasing assets and diversifying risks. The growing demand for meat, milk and eggs in developing countries thus potentially provides an opportunity for poor livestock keepers to improve their livelihoods. However, the nature of livestock farming is often determined by policy and institutional frameworks that do not favour of the poor.
To address this imbalance, in 2001, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), launched the Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative (PPLPI). The goal of the Initiative is to promote the formulation and implementation of livestock-related policies and institutional changes that focus on reducing poverty through equitable livestock sector development. To achieve its goal, PPLPI combines stakeholder engagement with research and analysis, information dissemination, and capacity strengthening.
As most policies that affect livestock keepers are made nationally, a sound understanding of the processes involved is essential. Participation at country level is necessary to understand how best to influence policy making and institution building within the spectrum of prevailing conditions. PPLPI has, therefore, engaged in specific policy processes in selected countries in East Asia, South Asia, East Africa, West Africa, and the Andean region. Within countries, PPLPI works through partnerships engaging local policy makers, civil society and researchers with the goal of facilitating an evidence-based dialogue leading to broadly acceptable solutions.