Pro-Poor Livestock Policy and Institutional Change
Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative/A Living from Livestock

Pro-Poor Livestock Policy and Institutional Change

Case Studies from South Asia, the Andean Region and West Africa



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Rome, 2008


Increasing recognition that technology-oriented agricultural projects had largely failed to significantly contribute to broad-based poverty reduction led to a significant shift in development thinking in the late 1990s. An alternative development paradigm began to emerge that placed much greater emphasis on pro-poor institutions and policies. It became widely accepted that an enabling institutional and policy environment is essential to create the framework conditions in which development can be steered to address the needs of the poor.

One response to these developments was the launch, in 2001, of the Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative (PPLPI) 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).

The three case studies presented here illustrate how PPLPI experimented with the facilitation and implementation of livestock sector- related policy and institutional change. The outcomes of these change processes promise to favourably impact on the livelihoods of millions of livestock-dependent poor.

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