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Presentation

Livestock farming and local development network (LiFLod) is a strategic partnerships between researchers, farmers, development agencies and other stakeholders dedicated to understanding and analyzing the relationships between livestock farming and sustainable local development.  

This network aims to bring together groups from different countries to contribute to the debate on the future of livestock farming, focusing particularly on the interactions between livestock farming and local development. Current debates and issues in livestock farming revolve around two topics:

- its impact on the environment at the global level as stated in the report entitled Livestock’s Long Shadow (Steinfeld, 2006) and

- its role in the nutrition of the human population projected to increase till 2050.

 

Based on the analysis of different geographic situations, provided by the various participants of the network, this project aims to generate knowledge, analytical and evaluation frameworks, models and useful indicators to better understand and manage the interactions between livestock farming (includes all types: pastoral, intensive, industrial, …) and local development and to highlight this dimension in the global debate on the future of livestock farming. Our network believes that livestock farming enhances the integration and interaction of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development at the local level.

 

LiFLoD’s mandate is:

- to facilitate exchange and knowledge sharing between the network member teams;

- to facilitate the development and implementation of projects between teams on topics identified as challenges to be overcome or on topics requiring further research;

- to organize events where participants can express their opinions, enrich and inform the debate on the territorial dimension of livestock farming in the organizations that are actively involved in the future of livestock farming;

- to provide recommendations and policy briefs for decision makers, farmers’ organizations, development agents ;

- to bring a different point of view to bear on the debates on livestock farming and complement other existing initiatives such as World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP), Livestock, Environment and Development (LEAD), African Livestock Development (ALive), ProPoor Livestock Policy Initiative (PPLPI) ;