Livestock and Farmer Field Schools
In many countries across the world, livestock are an integral part of poor people’s livelihoods, contributing to household income, food security and nutrition. They can provide quality food (meat, milk, and eggs); capital (sale, barter and hire); fertilizer (manure); draught power for cultivation and transport; building materials (fibres and hides); and fuel (manure). In some societies, livestock also have important sociocultural and religious functions.
FAO promotes and facilitates the sustainable development of the livestock sector through actions such as: facilitating the access of small-scale livestock producers, particularly in developing countries, to increasingly competitive markets for livestock commodities; contributing to safeguarding animal and veterinary public health; maintaining animal genetic diversity; and reducing the sector’s environmental impact. Within this framework, FAO has, over the past two decades, integrated livestock-focused Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) in several of its projects and programmes and has contributed to building the capacity on FFS of many development stakeholders (INGOs, NGOs, research institutes, etc.) for the benefit of thousands of livestock-dependent communities across developing regions.