To achieve its objective, the PPLPI’s strategy involved four main elements:
An assessment of where livestock is a livelihood priority
- The evaluation of the policy and institutional context within which livestock-dependent poor have to make their living
- The identification of the political economy; policy measures – or gaps – that affect livestock-dependent poor
- The formation of a network of partners to create or capitalize on opportunities to achieve pro-poor policy shifts.
In order to derive broadly applicable lessons on pro-poor policy and institutional change PPLPI focused its attention on five regions: South and East Asia, East and West Africa, and the Andean region. Within each region it worked in selected countries and policy/institutional areas. These were chosen following detailed analyses of the political economy shaping the sector: issues and locations were selected pragmatically where there was a good chance of achieving policy and institutional change.
The Initiative was initially envisaged to run until October 2008, but was granted a no-cost extension with the end-date becoming 31 March 2010. The no-cost extension provided the project with the opportunity to consolidate the project findings and achievements in a number of mainstream FAO publications. These include the livestock paper for the 21st Session of the COAG in 2009, the contributions to the 2009 SOFA, the ‘Livestock Policy Menu’ and the PPLPI publication ‘Linking Livestock Sector Development and Poverty Reduction’. These publications provide additional vehicles by which to disseminate the important lessons learned through the project to a wider audience.