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The Livestock Emergency Guidelines andStandards: Emerging Lessons and Challenges                                          ...
One billion people depend on livestock for their livelihoods, food                     security and nutrition            M...
What is LEGS?           Aim of LEGS:           To improve support to small-           scale livestock keepers in          ...
Origins of LEGS• Concern to improve quality of disaster  response for small-scale livestock  keepers• Draws on lessons fro...
Outputs and Outcomes• Handbook• Sphere ‘companion module’• Training programme:  – 12 TOTs: 204 LEGS Trainers  – 78 LEGS Tr...
Lessons and Challenges
Lesson 1: The Importance of theLivelihoods Approach in Disaster Response• Builds on local knowledge and strategies• Invest...
Lesson 2: The Importance ofCoordination• Vital for effective response• LEGS promotes collaboration between key  stakeholde...
Lesson 3: The Importance of anEvidence Base• Evidence base vital to:  – Ensure LEGS offers practical support based on best...
Lesson 4: The Importance ofResponding to Local Priorities• LEGS participatory tools identify local  priorities, inform res...
To conclude…• Positive progress:  – Practical support to small-scale livestock keepers:     • Improved quality of response...
Donors• African Union                  • International Committee for• Department for International     the Red Cross  Deve...
www.livestock-emergency.net                              Credit: Stephen Blakeway
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Cathy Watson - The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards: Emerging Lessons and Challenges

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Cathy Watson - The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards: Emerging Lessons and Challenges

  1. 1. The Livestock Emergency Guidelines andStandards: Emerging Lessons and Challenges IDRC Davos 2012 Cathy Watson, LEGS Coordinator livelihoods-based livestock interventions in disasters
  2. 2. One billion people depend on livestock for their livelihoods, food security and nutrition Many of them are vulnerable to disasters
  3. 3. What is LEGS? Aim of LEGS: To improve support to small- scale livestock keepers in disasters
  4. 4. Origins of LEGS• Concern to improve quality of disaster response for small-scale livestock keepers• Draws on lessons from Sphere• Evidence-based best practice• Practical tools
  5. 5. Outputs and Outcomes• Handbook• Sphere ‘companion module’• Training programme: – 12 TOTs: 204 LEGS Trainers – 78 LEGS Trainings in 20 countries: >1500 people• Standard for emergency planning, e.g. Kenya, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Thailand
  6. 6. Lessons and Challenges
  7. 7. Lesson 1: The Importance of theLivelihoods Approach in Disaster Response• Builds on local knowledge and strategies• Investing in livestock responses impacts on: nutrition, income, cost- effectiveness• Holistic thinking beyond sequences and sectors• Drawing on range of frameworks: DCM; DRR; HFA; OH• Challenges: – Thinking beyond food aid – Different departments, policies, funding
  8. 8. Lesson 2: The Importance ofCoordination• Vital for effective response• LEGS promotes collaboration between key stakeholders: – Among livestock practitioners – Between livestock and humanitarian agencies – Between humanitarian responses and longer-term development• LEGS models coordination and collaboration: – Multi-agency Steering Group – Range of donors – Mailing List and consultation process• Challenges: – Organisational, institutional and policy barriers
  9. 9. Lesson 3: The Importance of anEvidence Base• Evidence base vital to: – Ensure LEGS offers practical support based on best practice – Make the case for livestock responses• LEGS consultation process• Challenges: – Obtaining quality information
  10. 10. Lesson 4: The Importance ofResponding to Local Priorities• LEGS participatory tools identify local priorities, inform response• Livestock often prioritised• Challenges: – Balancing local, national, international interests – E.g. focus on zoonoses: danger of overlooking local priorities
  11. 11. To conclude…• Positive progress: – Practical support to small-scale livestock keepers: • Improved quality of response • Reduced vulnerability to future disasters and increased preparedness and resilience – Raising profile of livestock responses in debate and action• Challenges remain but change is taking place
  12. 12. Donors• African Union • International Committee for• Department for International the Red Cross Development (UK) • Office for Foreign Disaster• European Commission Assistance, USAID• European Commission • Oxfam GB Humanitarian Aid Office • Trócaire (ECHO) • Vétérinaires Sans Frontières• Feinstein International Belgium Center, Tufts University • World Society for the• Food and Agriculture Protection of Animals Organisation of the United • Vetwork UK (overall Nations coordination)
  13. 13. www.livestock-emergency.net Credit: Stephen Blakeway

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