LEGS Handbook

LEGS is an independent initiative that aims to improve the quality and livelihoods impact of livestock-related projects in humanitarian situations.

Coming Soon!

The 3rd edition of the LEGS Handbook (English version) will be released on Tuesday 27th June. Pre-order your copy now!

Join us for the global launch webinar!

28 June 2023 at 9:30 a.m. BST

Everyone in the LEGS Community of Practice is welcome to join. We’ll share the speaker details closer to the date. Register now.

LEGS 3rd edition handbook front cover

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3rd Edition Content

An extensive public consultation process has helped update the technical Standards, Key Actions and Guidance Notes in this third edition. There is greater focus on the principles that underpin LEGS, as well as step-by-step guidance on how to use the LEGS tools to develop an emergency response plan. The Handbook is useful for all livestock specialists and humanitarians involved in emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

The first three chapters focus on general principles and decision making:

  • Chapter 1 introduces LEGS and provides an overview of emergencies, livestock and livelihoods.
  • Chapter 2 presents the eight LEGS Principles that underpin all LEGS-based interventions
  • Chapter 3 provides step by step guidance and tools for emergency response planning

The remaining chapters focus on the six technical intervention areas (namely: feed, water, veterinary support, shelter, livestock offtake, and the provision of livestock), and include:

  • The implications of selecting a particular technical option or activity
  • Links to the LEGS Principles and livelihoods objectives
  • Standards, Key Actions and Guidance Notes
  • Indicators for monitoring and impact assessment
  • Sources of further information, including existing guidelines, technical briefs and toolkits

The 3rd edition is also being translated into French, Spanish and Arabic. Those versions will be released in September 2023.