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Livestock in Africa

Improving Data for Better Policies

 

The 2014-16 “Livestock in Africa: Improving Data for Better Policies” Project, Phase II, supports capacity building and facilitates national-level processes for evidence-based policy reforms in the livestock sector in Tanzania and Uganda. It will generate a number of public goods, anticipated to improve the way livestock data and statistics are collected, disseminated, analyzed and used by national and international stakeholders.


The Project facilitates activities of so-called Livestock Data and Policy Teams in Tanzania and Uganda. These are composed of staff from the Ministry responsible for livestock development and the National Statistical Authority, thereby combining livestock and statistical expertise. Between 2014 and 2016, the Livestock Data and Policy Teams will analyze the largest datasets on livestock at household level currently available throughout sub-Saharan Africa, including the Tanzania 2012/13 National Panel Survey and the Uganda 2011/12 National Panel Survey, with the objective to:

 

      • Identify and document effective practices to collect livestock data at household level;
      • Identify and document effective practices to facilitate the dissemination and use of livestock data;
      • Draw lessons and make recommendations to improve the information content of major livestock-related policy documents at country level;
      • Participate in, support and document processes aimed at promoting evidence-based policy reforms in the livestock sector.

 

The FAO “Livestock in Africa: Improving Data for Better Policies” Project acts as a facilitator and a knowledge broker. The Project contributes to FAO Strategic Objective 3: Reduce Rural Poverty. The main implementing partners are:

 

      • The Tanzania Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (MLFD);
      • The Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS);
      • The Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF);
      • The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).

 

Additional partners include the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR); the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture Project (LSMS-ISA); the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS); and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The Livestock in Africa: Improving Data for Better Policies Project is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.