About one-third of the world’s food supply is produced by small, mostly family-run farms.

These farms integrate livestock with crops in regenerative and circular agricultural systems.

Core message

Livestock in these farm systems provide: 

  • Income: for financially insecure populations, they provide a safety net and are the ‘living ATM’ during times of need  

  • Nutrition: animal-source foods, particularly milk and eggs, are nutrient dense and provide critical nutrition for people all over the world, but especially during pregnancy and the first 1000 days of life  

  • Manure and farm power: half of the staple cereals in Africa can be produced because of the income, manure and drought power provided by livestock in small integrated farms 

  • Inclusivity: (under the right conditions) livestock ownership and management can help provide women economic independence and provide opportunities for youth