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FAO supports the Livestock Emergency Standards and Guidelines (LEGS)

The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) have been developed as a set of international guidelines and standards for the design, implementation and assessment of livestock interventions to assist people affected by humanitarian crises. FAO actively supports LEGS and is an original member of the LEGS Consortium and Steering Group.


Since the rollout of the LEGS training of trainers (ToT) programme in 2010, seven ToT courses have been successfully completed in the Horn of Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Africa, South Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan. By the end of 2010, a total of 129 LEGS trainers have received accreditation. Subsequent training by these accredited LEGS trainers have been held in Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Thailand, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Nepal, with more planned for 2011.


The LEGS handbook and training materials have been translated into French and Arabic. A Spanish version will be available in 2011. A LEGS training video is also being produced featuring actual LEGS training sessions undertaken in Nepal and Kenya with accredited LEGS trainers.


A concept note which sets out the programme for LEGS III - the third phase (mid 2011 to mid 2013) has been prepared and will be sent to donors for further support.


For more information on LEGS, visit the Web site.