Core message


Why Livestock Matter is an expert‑curated resource to make the case for more and better investment in the livestock sector to achieve the sustainable development goals.

This website is a product of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Advancing Investment in Sustainable and Equitable Livestock Systems project.

In 2017, ILRI established The Global Livestock Advocacy for sustainable Development (GLAD) initiative which provides compelling evidence to help influential decision-makers understand why and how investing in sustainable livestock systems and enterprises in low- and middle-income countries contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It engages with a range of stakeholders and partners to advocate for sustainable livestock. 

Getting involved

A discussion forum has been created to share ideas and discuss ways to support investment in sustainable livestock sectors in developing countries - mainly through evidence generation, communication, policy advocacy and engagement. The aim is to catalyze a community of sustainable livestock sector champions, connecting efforts and supporting concerted efforts globally.

You can join the group at

The website, messages and evidence are always evolving and we welcome evidence or data related to sustainable livestock.

Funding Acknowledgement

This work is financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock. ILRI thanks all donors and organizations which globally support its work through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund.


This product is copyrighted by the International Livestock Research Institute. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. Unless otherwise noted, you are free to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format), adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) for any purpose, even commercially.


Michael Victor, Head of Communications and Knowledge Management, ILRI, or Cynthia Mugo, Policy and Engagement advisor, ILRI,