Livestock Data Innovation in Africa
The Livestock Data Innovation Project works with national governments and institutes in developing methodologies for identifying, collecting and analysing livestock data in three pilot countries: Uganda, Tanzania and Niger. It has helped identify key livestock indicators and related data to foster pro-poor investment and policy formulation. The project consists of three components: 1) Collecting and analysing household survey data to improve understanding of the role of livestock in the household economy; 2) Collecting and analysing data on current and projected consumption of livestock products to identify market opportunities for small-scale livestock producers; and 3) Identifying and analysing data on constraints faced by small-scale livestock producers in participating efficiently in value chains. It is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and jointly implemented by the World Bank, ILRI and FAO, in collaboration with AU-IBAR. The latest publication Investing in African livestock: business opportunities in 2030–2050 give some idea of the prospects and dangers for pastoralist development, wealth creation and poverty reduction in Africa.