Committee on Agriculture (COAG)

About the COAG Sub-Committee on Livestock

At its 27th Session in October 2020, the Committee on Agriculture (COAG, the Committee) established the Sub-Committee on Livestock (the Sub-Committee) with a mandate to discuss and build consensus on livestock issues and priorities, and advise COAG, and through it, the FAO Council and the FAO Conference, on technical and policy programmes and activities needed to optimize the contribution of livestock to the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31 and the realization of the 2030 Agenda, including poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition, and livelihoods . The establishment of the Sub-Committee was subsequently endorsed by the FAO Conference at its 42th Session in June 2021.

“Livestock” refers to all terrestrial animals used for food and agriculture. 

As FAO’s only dedicated technical advisory committee on livestock, the Sub-Committee shall:

  • identify and discuss major trends and issues in the global livestock sector, and advise and make recommendations to the Committee on these matters;
  • advise on the preparation of technical reviews and of issues and trends of international significance;
  • advise on the liaison with other relevant bodies and organizations with a view to promoting harmonization and endorsing policies and actions, as appropriate;
  • advise on mechanisms to prepare, facilitate and implement action programmes, as well as on the expected contribution of partners;
  • advise on the strengthening of international collaboration to assist developing countries in the implementation of good practices and guidance to support sustainable livestock sector development;
  • collaborate with existing partnerships and establish communication channels with multiple stakeholders, as guided by the Committee;
  • monitor the progress made in implementing the Committee's programme of work on livestock-related issues, as well as any other matters referred to the Sub-Committee by the Committee;
  • prepare a multi-year programme for its work for consideration and approval by the Committee; and
  • report to the Committee on its activities

Sessions will be held every two years prior to the COAG sessions with timing that enables the Committee to take into consideration the report of the Sub-Committee. Operating in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, the membership of the Sub-Committee is open to all COAG Member Nations. It also welcomes applications for participation as observers from civil society and other organizations.