The LEGS Approach
LEGS is underpinned by a livelihoods approach and based on three livelihoods objectives:
- Providing immediate benefits to crisis-affected communities
- Protecting the livestock assets of crisis-affected communities
- Rebuilding the livestock assets of crisis-affected communities
The LEGS Process
With a global scope, LEGS focuses on the process of identifying needs and analysing which interventions are most appropriate to support the livelihoods of the affected populations, at which times, and in which emergencies. Importantly, LEGS recognizes that climate change is resulting in more complex and unpredictable types of disaster.
LEGS draws on evidence-based good practice from around the world, tracking and using evaluations, reviews and impact assessments of livestock and livestock-related projects as part of this evidence base. You can download the LEGS Impact Database, a spreadsheet that links to the main documents used to develop and update the LEGS Handbook. (updated May 2020).
2nd Edition Handbook Content
The first three chapters focus on general principles and decision making.
- Chapter 1 provides an overview of emergencies, livestock and livelihoods.
- Chapter 2 presents the eight LEGS Core Standards and four cross-cutting themes.
- Chapter 3 provides guidance and tools for initial assessment and identifying an appropriate emergency response.
The remaining chapters focus on the six technical intervention areas (namely: destocking, veterinary support, feed, water, shelter, and the provision of livestock), and include:
- The implications of selecting a particular technical option or activity
- Links to the cross-cutting themes and LEGS 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 LEGS Handbook
The LEGS Handbook provides standards and guidelines for appropriate and timely livestock-based livelihoods responses in emergencies, using a participatory and evidence-based approach. The Handbook was produced through a broad consultation process, drawing on good practice worldwide. The LEGS Handbook is a companion to The Sphere Handbook alongside other humanitarian standards which make up the Humanitarian Standards Partnership.