The LEAD (Livestock, Environment and Development) initiative is an inter-institutional consortium with the secretariat located within FAO. The work of the initiative targets the protection and enhancement of natural resources affected by livestock production while at the same time alleviating poverty.
The work of the LEAD initiative focuses on the close and complex interactions between government policies and the environmental impact of livestock production. Its scope is to support the formulation and implementation of effective policy frameworks, at local, national and global levels.
To this effect, LEAD conducts analysis and maintains databases to monitor and estimate the consequences of livestock sector’s growth and structural changes. It also identifies technologies to mitigate the negative effects and maximise the positive effects of different modes of production, and assesses ways to enhance their development and adoption.
From 2000 to 2007, LEAD operated as an FAO project supported by the World Bank, the European Union (EU), the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères (France), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development via GTZ (Germany), the Department for International Development (United Kingdom), the US Agency for International Development (USA), the International Development Agency (Denmark), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (Switzerland) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Dr. Henning Steinfeld LEAD Coordinator Livestock, Environment and Development Inititative Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome Italy