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Publication | 19 January 2021

The small livestock advantage: A sustainable entry point for addressing SDGs in rural areas

This report presents selected achievements and lessons from the growing portfolio of small livestock investments supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The introduction summarizes IFAD’s key messages on investing in small livestock development and gives an overview of IFAD-supported actions and the impacts of work with smallholders in developing countries. There is no universal and unique definition of “small livestock”, but in the context of this report the following species will be considered: poultry (chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, guineafowl, pigeons and quail), swine, small ruminants, guinea pigs and rabbits. Five case studies from the IFAD portfolio (on projects in Afghanistan, Lesotho, Nepal, Senegal and Venezuela) illustrate with concrete examples how IFAD is working to support smallholders. The final section presents some lessons learned from IFAD’s support to the sector and looks ahead to the Twelfth Replenishment of IFAD’s Resources and beyond.