Impacts of innovations in livestock systems on livelihoods and poverty

Work in this area focuses on understanding and quantifying the contributions of livestock to the livelihoods of the poor, in different systems and contexts.  Multiple dimensions of poverty are explored, using indicators relating to income, assets, food security, nutrition or vulnerability. Livestock interventions with potential for reducing poverty and vulnerability and achieving equity are piloted with research, development and private sector partners and the results are disseminated for wide scale application. The results of this research inform livestock research, policy, and development agendas.

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Some examples of ongoing projects in this area include:

  • Developing and piloting index based livestock insurance to reduce poverty and vulnerability(
  • Characterizing and quantifying the importance of endemic ruminant livestock in the livelihoods of the rural poor in West Africa 
  •  Livestock intensification: investigating impacts on livestock livelihoods in dairy value chains in India and Ethiopia
  • Roles of crop residues in livelihoods in mixed crop-livestock systems in South Asia: Opportunities and trade-offs  
  • Assessing the impact of improved dual-purpose (groundnut) cultivars in mixed crop livestock systems in drought prone areas of India
  • Evaluating the impacts of the Arid Lands Resource Management Project (ALRMPII) on poverty and vulnerability in livestock-dependent areas of Kenya
  • Improving Market Participation by Small Scale Livestock Producers