The livestock sector is an important part of the development of agriculture and food systems. It drives major economic, social, and environmental changes in food systems worldwide, and provides an entry point for understanding the issues around sustainable agricultural development as a whole. This report is focused on livestock because of the importance and complexity of its roles and contribution to sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition. It lays out a conceptual framework and a typology of livestock farming systems, describes the main drivers and trends of agricultural development, identifies challenges, and proposes pathways and responses to address those challenges.
High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), July 2016