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Millions of people worldwide depend on livestock for their livelihoods and many of them – and their animals – are affected by disasters, both natural and man-made. There is a growing realisation that the response to these disasters needs to help save not just lives but also livelihoods, including protecting livestock.

The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) provide a set of international guidelines and standards for the design, implementation and assessment of livestock interventions to assist people affected by humanitarian crises. LEGS aims to improve the quality of emergency response by increasing the appropriateness, timeliness and feasibility of livelihoods-based interventions. Read more…

As well as the LEGS Handbook, the LEGS Project runs a global awareness raising and training programme to promote the use and future revision of the guidelines.

LEGS and the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response are companion standards. 

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The LEGS Evaluation Tool has been revised and updated in line with the 2nd edition of the Handbook, and is …
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A new FAO resource: Livestock-related Interventions in Emergencies – the how-to-do-it manual has just been published. The manual, which complements the …
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LEGS at the World Humanitarian Summit: LEGS was part of the Sphere stand at the Expo during the World Humanitarian …
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