This website represents a major source of information on livestock sector policies and institutions in developing countries, and contains the outputs produced by the 2001-2010 FAO Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative (PPLPI). Indeed, the importance of policies and institutions in sustaining inclusive and pro-poor growth of the livestock sector cannot be overstated, but for long the value of policies and institutions – and of livestock sector policies and institutions in particular – have been marginally appreciated, which resulted in less-than effective public and private sector investments.
‘In the 1990s, an increasing number of development aid experts and analysts came to realize that technology transfer alone was not going to transform development, especially agricultural development, in ways that would necessarily be beneficial to the poor. Policy and institutional change was identified as a pre-requisite to steer agricultural development towards meeting the needs of the poor’ (PPLPI, 2008).
The Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative (PPLPI) was launched in 2001 by the Animal Production and Health Division (AGA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with financial support provided by the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), with the specific purpose to:
‘Strengthen capacity in FAO, member nations and international organisations to formulate livestock sector and related policies and implementation plans that reduce poverty, whilst managing environmental and public health risks’.
The Initiative ended on 30 March 2010, but already in 2007 the first ever independent FAO Independent External Evaluation in concluded:
‘FAO Livestock Division’s work on policies with respect to the poor and the environment has influenced global thinking in these areas’ (IIE, 2007).
The Animal Production and Health Division of FAO maintains this website for decision makers and development practitioners to draw on and build on the outputs and lessons learnt by PPLPI to further improve our capacity to design and implement livestock sector policy and institutional changes, which are both efficient and equitable.