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The Animal Health & Production Compendium

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Community of Practice for Pro-Poor Livestock Development

Most of the following documents have been collated by the Community of Practice for Pro-poor Livestock Development. Use this link to take a look and sign up,

The concept of “Community of Practice” (CoP) has emerged within development communities to strengthen the connections among likeminded persons who seek to improve, through joint actions and collaborations, both knowledge and practice.

The CoP for Pro-poor Livestock Development (CoP-PPLD) intends to be a global and inclusive partnership of practitioners, managers, researchers and other actors involved in livestock development that want to exchange experiences,manage relevant knowledge, and support learning across countries and institutions as an instrument to achieve better results.

The launching and pilot phase of the CoP-PPLD have been supported and facilitated by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), with the kind contribution of the Government of Italy and of the Government of Finland.

As well as a knowledgebase of many more items such as those listed below, the CoP-PPLD includes a rosta of livestock experts, newsroom, forum, bulletin board, wiki and forum.

Food product marketing, value chains and food security

Adding Value to Livestock Diversity - Marketing to promote local breeds and improve livelihoods - This publication describes eight examples of marketing of livestock products (wool, cashmere, milk, meat and hides) from local breeds of Bactrian camels, dromedaries, goats and sheep in seven countries in Africa, Asia and Latin
America. It shows how they have kept local breeds in use, while enabling the small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists who raise them to improve their livelihoods.

Value chain analysis of livestock systems

Trading up - building cooperation between farmers and traders in Africa

Linking people, places and products A guide for promoting quality linked to geographical origin and sustainable geographical implications

The Future Control of Food A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property,Biodiversity and Food Security published by International Development Research Centre is available over the Internet (click on the title).

FAO Policy Brief: When emergencies last for decades; how to improve food security in protracted crises

Institutional development and participatory approaches to livestock development

Impact Assessment of the Community Animal Health System in Mandera West District, Kenya

Development of village institutions for equitable and sustainable access to natural resources

Innovations in Common Land Development - Strengthening Institutional and Physical spaces for Poor Livestock-keepers


Poultry production for livelihood improvement and poverty alleviation

Village poultry farming through self-help goups in West Bengal

Linking Business with Pro-Poor Development - A Backyard Poultry Value Chain Increases Assets, Income and Nutrition

Replicas of Native Chicken in Rural Poultry Production - The Satpuda

Lighting for broiler and turkey breeders Parent flocks of meat type chickens and turkeys require much more sophisticated management than layers to optimize weight gain and onset of lay, as explained in the article “Lighting for broiler and turkey breeders” by Dr. Peter Lewis, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Even if you are only concerned with egg-type chickens and never heard the word “refractoriness”, this article should contribute to a better understanding how poultry responds to specific management tools. Correct lighting is an essential part of managing parent flocks, and more chicks per breeder hen adds to the sustainability of the business.

ACIAR: Village chickens, poverty alleviation and the sustainable control of Newcastle disease

ACIAR: Improving village poultry production: a manual for field workers

Poultry Hub - a CRC poultry initiative
Poultrypedia is an online encyclopaedia dedicated to poultry - Browse the contents or use the search box on the left.
Find information on poultry related Education and Training - Learn about poultry keeping for the backyard or school project; Find information on university studies in poultry science or industry-relevant qualifications (vocational education and training).
Find information about poultry-related research activities around the world.
Find People, Organisations and Websites connected with poultry

Rangelands, pastoralism, livestock and livelihoods

Introductory guidlines to Participtory Rangeland Management in Pastoral Areas

Heifer International book on livestock and livelihoods

Modern and mobile. The future of livestock production in Africa's drylands

Good Practice Guide: "Pasturalism, Nature Conservation and Development"

Learning fom the Delivery of Social Services to Pastoralists: Elements of Good Practice This study focused on provision of services to mobile pastoralists, but that does not necessarily imply mobility of services: good practice may also imply making static services appropriate to pastoralists. It uses a number of examples, particularly from Africa and Asia, that show how particular services have been adapted to Pastoralism in different contexts, and that illustrate the underlying principles of good practice.

Building Fodder Security in Rural Areas - Validation of Traditional Knowledge on Fodder & its Reintegration into Livelihoods

Sheep and goats

Farmers Dairy Goat Production Handbook

Smallstock in Development Toolbox Aims to provide a range of practical information and descriptions of techniques or "tools" to assist in increasing the efficiency of operations of smallholders and/or the productivity of their animals. The tools include technical interventions, husbandry advice, policy change guidelines and empowerment suggestions. The overall scope is to improve the management of knowledge generated by research and generally improve the communication between farmers and the research institutions.

Guidelines for preparation and implementation of smallholder goat projects

Use of goats in poverty alleviation and potential effects on the environment

The goat as a tool in poverty alleviation

Women and livestock production

Reaching rural women. Designing programmes that meet their needs through a consultative process

Recognising local innovation in livestock-keeping – a path to empowering women

Women's empowerment in pastoral societies - The study is a global view of different experiences and good practice, based on case studies and success stories on women empowerment processes among the pastoral societies. It aims to support advocacy and to develop awareness of some of the options for sustainable pastoral development, which will be shared with policy makers and development/conservation practitioners in the form of a policy brief.

Unpacking the 'Poor Productivity' Myth - Women Resurrecting Poultry Biodiversity and Livelihoods in Andhra Pradesh, India