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The LiFLoD network aims to associate Researchers, Development agents, Lecturers, Farmers, Decision makers,…in order to create a space for discussion and debate which will take into account different viewpoints on livestock farming and  sustainable development at the territorial level. Only through this diversity of viewpoints and sources of knowledge can relevant and innovative indicators and analysis frameworks of livestock farming systems and useful outcomes be developed.  The expected outputs could thus be divided into two main categories presented below.


1. Generate knowledge and methods to better understand the interactions between livestock farming and territories

LiFLoD’s objective is to develop an analysis framework of the various types of interactions occurring between livestock and territories in a diversity of situations. These analysis frameworks will construct, in a comparative manner, a body of knowledge that facilitates the discussion and development of specific indicators of the state and the dynamics of livestock farming by taking into account the interactions with the social and ecological environment. Livestock farming’s diverse functions and their contribution to the environmental, social and economic aspects of the territory will be factored in the analysis. This should complement and allow for revisiting those analysis frameworks that are developed considering other factors such as greenhouse gas effect, production of food, productivity of labour.

LiFLoD will discuss and develop these indicators taking into consideration the importance of generic indicators for comparative purposes but at the same time respecting the importance of the local relevance of each indicator developed by:

Working together to integrate diverse context specific perspectives including technical as well as social, economic and ecological.

Respecting the expertise of research groups and their partners from diverse areas, on characteristics of livestock farming, on territories (environment, societies, agriculture), on markets and public policies (liberal or regulatory; leaning towards subsidizing production or towards rural development, policies concerning land tenure systems,  etc.).


 2. Provide inputs for the elaboration of development projects and international assessments

LiFLoD’s work could result in the development of proposals and recommendations that could be relevant for users with different profiles such as organisations in charge of facilitating transformations in livestock farming and agricultural development and advisory bodies. LiFLoD’s outputs could also be used by local government, decision makers in charge of elaborating public policies concerning livestock farming and local development, and stakeholders (farmers and other actors) involved in the discussions and the conception of local sustainable development projects, etc.

LiFLoD’s participants could participate in international assessment and foresight projects and provide useful insights and contribute to the debate on future trajectories and scenarios of livestock farming systems.


In livestock farming systems as in other systems, there are no simple cause and effect relationships; instead we deal with coupled and dynamic social and ecological systems where relationships and systems interactions defy “silver bullet” solutions. In our network we would like to organize the activities around three keys areas as developed in the three sections below. Section 1 and 2 focus on the assessment of the impacts of time and space on the dynamics of livestock farming systems and the last section (section 3) focuses on the need for evaluating different scenarios, strategies and policies for their ability to meet community values by combining area and time.


The 3 key areas of reflection


1. Drivers of change and livestock farming dynamics in territories:

This first set of issues revolves around the dynamics of livestock farming: how do the inherent characteristics of local areas interact with the major global drivers of change?


- Livestock farming’s drivers of change at the local level 

- Diversity of livestock farming activities and its impact on livestock farming dynamics

- Collective action and interactions with the local society in order to bring about change


2. Spatial dimensions: location and re-location of livestock farming

This section will focus on the analysis of the links between livestock farming activities and spatial dimensions and understand the manner in which these activities organize and reorganize themselves in the area.


- Characterize the location (or local implantation) of livestock farming

- Factors of location of livestock farming

- Qualify the spatial dynamics of livestock farming activities : location, re-location and impacts


3. Functions of livestock farming in territorial development

This section will focus on the debate about the functions performed by livestock farming activities, and their contribution to a sustainable development, considering economic, sociological, cultural and ecological criteria. How does livestock farming fulfil these functions? How and under what conditions or contexts does it contribute to sustainable development? What is the role played by systems developed by States and institutions that guarantee income security or satisfaction of primary needs (food)?


- Livestock farming, products and ecosystem services

- Livestock farming and local projects

- Livestock farming and population vulnerability

- Maintain a diversity of livestock farming functions for territorial development