Livestock are critical for sustainable development yet often overlooked. The world’s cows, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and other farm animals are the mainstay of livelihoods across the developing world. And the energy and nutrient-dense milk, meat and eggs these animals produce provide hundreds of millions of families in the world’s poorer countries with basic livelihoods, incomes, food and nutrition.
Despite this, the livestock sector receives no more than 2.5% of official development assistance to agriculture from major donor countries. Investing in sustainable livestock systems is essential if we are to achieve our sustainable development goals. Explore the themes below about how to invest in livestock for development: