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Sustainable resource management:

photo: ILRI/Stevie Mann

Well-managed livestock can ensure sustainable land and water management. Livestock manure is a ready source of natural fertilizer for crops, providing 12% of the nitrogen used for crop production globally, rising to 23% in mixed crop livestock systems. Livestock can also help restore degraded land; and in rangelands, livestock keeping can contribute to the biodiversity…

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Climate change mitigation:

photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann

Feeding animals better and enhancing rangeland productivity through better pasture management along with other interventions to improve productivity can significantly reduce unit emissions.

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Climate change adaptation:

photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann

Livestock production is an effective way to help farmers adapt to climate change and the drier conditions that may occur. After a climate shock, livestock are often the only asset that people have to help them recover.

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Women and household nutrition:

ILRI/Paul Karaimu

Women’s decisions about what they themselves eat while pregnant, and what food they provide their young in the first 1,000 days of their lives, generates lifelong health, growth and cognitive benefits or costs for those children.

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Women’s empowerment:

photo credit: ILRI\Zerihun Sewunet

Women who access and control livestock assets improve the health, education and food security of their households. 90% of income under the control of women is channeled back into their households or local communities, compared with only 30-40% for men.

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Women’s role in livestock enterprises:

photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann

Two-thirds of the world’s 600 million poor livestock keepers are rural women who do most of the day-to-day farm animal management as well as the processing, marketing and selling of animal produce. But due to social norms, women’s control over the income generated often remains substantially less than men’s.

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Employment and incomes:

photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann

Globally, the livestock sector is as an important source of jobs, providing livelihoods and incomes for at least 1.3 billion people. Livestock keeping is one of very few livelihood options in challenging settings such as drylands: Nearly 200 million pastoralists produce food and generate incomes where crop farming is limited, risky or impossible.

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Smallholders and livelihoods:

photo credit: ILRI/George Wamwere-Njoroge

Smallholders are significant suppliers of livestock products globally, including more than 40% of milk, 70% of lamb, 50% of beef, 60% of pork and 50% of poultry. This is an important source of income, jobs and sustenance for nearly three-quarters of a billion people engaged in smallholder agriculture.

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Market and trade opportunities:

photo credit: ILRI/Hardisman Dasman

The demand for livestock products is projected to double in the next 40 years, offering huge opportunities for more than a billion people who rely on the livestock industry for their livelihoods.

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