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Livestock Policies for Poverty Alleviation: Theory and Practical Evidence from Africa, Asia and Latin America

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Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Asia and the Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa
Latin America & the Caribbean
Focus Topic:
Institutions / Organizations
Type of Risk:
Policy & institutional
Pica-Ciamarra, U.

The paper argues that, given a functional macroeconomic and institutional framework, livestock policies would be pro-poor if they included: (i) policies ‘establishing the basics for livestock production’, including secure and adequate access to basic production inputs, such as land and water, as well as risk coping mechanisms for natural disasters and price shocks; (ii) policies ‘kick-starting domestic livestock markets’, such as a pro-poor functioning of the credit market, animal health and extension services delivery, and adequate access to output markets for smallholders; and (iii) policies ‘supporting and expanding livestock markets’, encompassing research for improving feeds and livestock breeds, food quality control and trade-supporting policies.

A three page executive summary is also available in addition to this paper.