Livestock Value Chain

Livestock contributes to the livelihoods and food security of about 1 billion people around the world, particularly the rural poor in developing countries. Livestock accounts for more than 30% of the agricultural GDP of developing countries and for between 2% and more than 33% of household income (IFAD 2016). Demand, especially for edible livestock products, has increased as a result of growth in domestic consumption and exports and is predicted to more than double in 20 years. The emergence of the modern retail sector has led to higher standards for meat and dairy products in increasingly large parts of the world. With the right approach, supplying this growing demand can be a pathway out of poverty. This section provides information on different livestock types across the different stages of a value chain