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FAO Pro-poor Livestock Initiative

In 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations launched an initiative to facilitate and support the formulation and implementation of policies and institutional changes that have a positive impact on the livelihoods of a large number of the world’s poor. In view of the critical role played by livestock in supporting and sustaining their livelihoods, the initiative has a distinct focus on livestock. The basic rationale of the resulting Pro-poor Livestock Initiative derives from the realization that the technology oriented projects in the livestock sector and related sectors have failed to deliver significant improvements in the livelihoods of the poor, and that an enabling institutional and policy environment is indispensable for enhancing the impact and sustainability of pro-poor interventions. PPLPI therefore aims to promote (i) efficient, fair and equitable access to input and output markets, (ii) improved access to livestock services, (iii) development of grass-root organizations that increase the negotiating power of marginalized groups.

Network for Smallholder Poultry Development

The Network for Smallholder Poultry Development was established in 1997 as a resource base with the objective of using poultry production as a tool for poverty alleviation with special focus on women’s empowerment in developing countries. Through its affiliates and professional staff, the Network has become a globally recognized multidisciplinary resource base assisting in formulation, implementation and evaluation of national and international initiatives in Asia, Africa and South America.


The PigTrop website mainly addresses the needs of stakeholders involved in the pig commodity chain, but will be useful anyone else with an interest in tropical pig breeding. Contributions from Cirad and also from numerous partners from southern and northern countries are now available on the site.