The 3rd Edition of the LEGS Handbook is here!

The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) are a set of international standards and guidelines for the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of livestock interventions, in support of people affected by humanitarian crises

The Digital
LEGS Handbook

The LEGS handbook is available as a downloadable PDF and is translated into Arabic, English, French, Mongolian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

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The Printed
LEGS Handbook

The LEGS Handbook is available to order and purchase in hard copy. The handbook is translated into Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

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The LEGS Training Programme

The LEGS Training Programme focuses on the roll-out of the LEGS Core Training in person across Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as online.

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The LEGS Resources Centre

The LEGS Resources Centre contains LEGS publications, webinars, and videos, along with general resources.

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Find Out More About LEGS

The LEGS Story

This short video provides contextual understanding of livestock emergencies and the risks brought on by inadequate and untimely responses.

10 Things You Should Know About LEGS

This video provides insight into the work of LEGS in 10 simple steps.

LEGS is a member of the

Humanitarian Standards Partnership

alongside Sphere and other humanitarian standards.

The Latest LEGS News

Looking for emergency agriculture assessment consultant – LEGS and SEADS

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    LEGS and SEADS (standards for supporting crop-related livelihoods in emergencies) are looking for an emergency agriculture assessment consultant to facilitate development of a joint assessment tool, bringing together…

Communications consultants wanted for the LEGS team

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LEGS is seeking two part-time consultants to work on communications in the LEGS secretariat team: Communications Specialist: preparing communications content; managing LEGS social media outlets; production of new communications products;…

Dr. Kate Sadler Joins LEGS Board of Trustees

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Dr. Kate Sadler Dr. Kate Sadler has joined the board of trustees of the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) for a two-year term. LEGS is a non-profit organisation that…

LEGS Training of Trainers Courses

LEGS is an essential part of the toolkit for humanitarians who come in contact with animals through their work. We use LEGS in our disaster assessment work and for training governments in appropriate responses to livestock emergencies. Well thought-through and practical by nature, we endorse these guidelines and standards.

James Sawyerformer Director of Disaster Management, World Animal Protection
LEGS 3rd edition handbook front cover

The LEGS Handbook

The LEGS Handbook provides minimum standards and guidelines for use in responding to humanitarian emergencies, in support of the livelihoods of livestock-owning communities in lower- and middle-income countries. The 3rd edition was launched 27th June 2023.

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