Agrifood Economics

Livestock in protracted crises. The importance of livestock for resilience-building and food security of crisis-affected populations

Guidance to implement the framework for action for food security and nutrition in protracted crises (CFS-FFA)
Year: 2016
Author(s): FAO
This note focuses on the topic of livestock in protracted crises, presenting the callenges and some possible solutions, illustrated by case studies from FAO interventions in such contexts. Protracted crises are one of the most challenging contexts in which to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In such contexts, protecting, saving and rebuilding agricultural livelihoods to save lives and create the conditions for longer-term resilience is a key step towards ensuring peace and stability. However, the role of the agriculture sector in crisis situations is too often overlooked and the necessary investments not made. Livestock contribute 40 % of the global value of agricultural output and support the livelihoods and food security of almost a 1.3 billion people. Beyond their direct role in generating food and income, livestock are a valuable asset, serving as a store of wealth, collateral for credit and an essential safety net during times of crisis. Livestock-based interventions, using a combination of humanitarian and development approaches, can have a significant impact in strenghtening the resilience of livelihoods depending on animal husbandry.
Theme: Resilience
Publication type: Policy brief