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New LEGS & UN FAO study finds timely humanitarian assistance, long term development and resilience-building essential for livestock sustainability

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 LEGS organisation works to improve humanitarian action for livestock-keeping communities. We do this by keeping the LEGS Handbook and other tools and resources up to date, training practitioners in how to use the guidance and promoting the LEGS approach among government and non-government humanitarian and livestock agencies.

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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.

Key resources

The LEGS Handbook

The LEGS Handbook is available as an interactive, digital resource, a downloadable PDF or to 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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Strategic Plan

The LEGS Strategic Plan provides an overview of how we will achieve our vision and mission.

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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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LEGS is a member of the

Humanitarian Standards Partnership

alongside Sphere and other humanitarian standards.

The Latest LEGS News

LEGS reaches new humanitarian and livestock workers across Africa and Asia

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The last few months have seen a range of webinars, briefings and trainings on the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS), meaning more humanitarian staff are being equipped to better…

LEGS 2023 Annual Highlights now available

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Catch up on LEGS activities and updates from last year in our new Annual Highlights 2023.

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

The LEGS handbook provides a common language and framework for livestock practitioners, enabling joint planning and clear mapping of needs and gaps. The new edition will be instrumental to enable teams to undertake pre-emptive actions to reduce the loss of livestock assets and production with its key feature on preparedness and early action. Furthermore, the inclusion of additional details on cash and voucher assistance will strengthen cash plus livestock interventions. The guidelines have been, and will continue to be, instrumental in quality responses through continuous learning and exchange amongst partners, including policy makers.

Rein PaulsenDirector of Emergencies and Resilience Office, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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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