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Livestock Global Alliance


Nairobi, Kenya



Description: The Livestock Global Alliance is a grouping of international organizations having a global mandate in the livestock sector. Its members are committed to working together in order to pursue a “safer, fairer and more sustainable livestock sector around the world.”

The Global Alliance describes its overall objective as “to ensure access to clear, science-based information upon which the public – from consumers to policymakers – can better understand the sector and its global public good dimension.”

Its specific objectives are to:

  • Identify and analyze strategic issues – such as health, food and nutrition security, environment and equity – in order to inform and influence the sustainable development of the livestock sector worldwide
  • Advocate for the increased presence of livestock on the global agenda by articulating its contributions to global development issues.

They seek to organize evidence to support the case of livestock; directly addressing the harm as well as benefits generated by the sector; learning from successes and failures to design and implement the most appropriate programs and policies; exploiting advances in our understanding of complex systems and powerful new technologies; and building on existing successful initiatives.

Organization Type: Alliance of global public institutions
Issue areas covered:

Livestock-related issues covered.

Key opportunities and dates for input: 

Closed coalition, but input is possible through its members.

Requirements for participation: 

Closed membership consisting of:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
  • World Bank (WB)

In addition to in-kind and financial contributions of its members, the Alliance receives support from:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Advocacy Opportunities:
  • The Livestock Global Alliance seeks to improve the image of the livestock sector, particularly in response to the FAO report on “Livestock’s Long Shadow.” There are advocacy opportunities through its constituent members in addressing some of the negative aspects of livestock farming, including improving animal welfare.
  • As members are also part of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, there are opportunities to have  influence through this forum.

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