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Smallholder livestock development

Activities related to livestock development – such as the transfer of technology, training, credit for restocking, animal health services delivery, feed and breed improvement, and best husbandry practices – are considered core aspects of many IFAD programmes and projects.

The primary beneficiaries are poor livestock keepers, particularly those who are economically or socially at risk and politically marginalized.

In focus



  • Agronomist Guillermo Vila Melo talks about his passion for camelids (alpacas and llamas) and his belief that these animals could help lift thousands of farming families across the Andean highlands out of poverty.

  • Geneticist Appolinaire Djikeng discusses the role that livestock diversity can play in helping small scale African farmers overcome risk and vulnerability.

  • Veterinarian and pig breeder Emma Naluyima argues that pork production can be an effective poverty reduction tool for smallholder farmers.

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  • Antonio Rota
    Lead Technical Specialist, Livestock Development
    Via Paolo di Dono, 44
    Rome, Italy
    Work: +39 06 54592680