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Livestock Agri-Food Systems: Full Proposal 2017-2022

The Livestock Agri-Food Systems CGIAR Research Program (the Livestock CRP) will seize opportunities presented by rapid increases in demand for animal-source food in developing countries. The current suppliers of these foods are mostly millions of smallholder farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists, together with the value chain actors who trade, process and deliver products to consumers. The program will provide research-based solutions to drive their transition to sustainable, resilient livelihoods and to productive small-scale enterprises that will help feed future generations. This will open up new business and income-earning opportunities in auxiliary services and subsectors. It will also improve local and global food and nutritional security and reduce poverty among poor households who keep livestock or contribute to livestock commodity systems, and enhance the environmental benefits these evolving smallholder-based systems can offer. This transition is a significant opportunity to create a well-nourished, equitable and environmentally healthy world.