The multi-stakeholder initiative ‘Partnership on the environmental benchmarking of livestock supply chains’ is the result of a consultative process started in October 2010 between FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division and a group of agriculture and food business representatives resulting in the decision to further explore the possibility of developing a multi-stakeholder partnership on benchmarking and monitoring of the environmental performance of the livestock sector.
In response to this decision, FAO developed a draft proposal that was further elaborated by three stakeholder groups (governments, private sector and civil society) during a consultation in March 2011. These initial consultations focused on clarifying the visions, objectives and obtaining consensus and commitment on working together to improve livestock food chains.
The current Partnership grew out of these efforts. Based on a continuous dialogue between interested parties, the Partnership was formally launch in July 2012. However, in early 2013, the Steering committee decided to change the name by: Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership, to better reflect its objectives and activities, as well as to enhance communication of the Partnership. A logo was also designed to complement the new name.
The main focus of the Partnership is on the development of broadly recognized sector specific guidelines (metrics and methods) for monitoring environmental impact of the livestock sector that will result in a better understanding and management of the key factors influencing the sector’s performance.