Livestock Community of Practice

The livestock sector is critical for many African countries’ economies, food and nutrition security, and livelihoods and employment. Although Africa’s contribution to GHG is relatively low, the AFOLU sector makes up a significant portion of the continent’s emissions, with the livestock sector having a significant contribution to emissions in the AFOLU sector. Livestock systems remain vulnerable to climate change, and have limited capacities to respond to these changes. 

There is a need to support stakeholders in the livestock sector to meet their development priorities in a changing climate. The AfCAP Livestock CoP supports the development and enhancement of relevant national livestock development policies and measures, promotes their integration within research and policy, as well as strengthens coordination between governments and institutions, private sector, and civil society. 


The AfCAP Livestock CoP seeks to strengthen the development of climate-resilient and low-emission livestock systems by supporting decision makers with guidance and technical knowledge; to prioritise and integrate research and development activities and climate finance and investment mechanisms in planning processes. The livestock CoP aims to support research institutions by bridging the science-policy divide, through promoting and highlighting new evidence & understanding. By engaging in country- and regional-level partnerships, the CoP aims to enhance awareness raising and experience sharing on livestock development measures that contribute to productivity, and pursues to address the socio-economic issues by involving representatives of most vulnerable groups such as women, youth, local communities and indigenous people in decision-making processes.


In line with the overall objectives of the AfCAP, the longer-term aim of a livestock CoP would be to enhance capacities for the design and implementation of long-term low emissions, climate-resilient development pathways (LTS) in the livestock sector across Africa, in line with the UNFCCC.

Specific objectives are:

  • To enhance CoP members’ capacities to design and implement LTS in the livestock sector;
  • To increase the number of stakeholders involved in LTS-related processes engaged in co-learning on livestock sector LTS design and implementation; and
  • To develop a demand-driven, peer-to-peer learning platform for sharing, engagement and communication on LTS design and implementation in the livestock sector.

Key Priorities/Activities

  1. Providing platform and opportunities for membership engagement
  2. Create partnership to mobilise technical and financial resources 
  3. Facilitating knowledge and experience sharing
  4. Identifying technical needs and opportunities to provide Technical Assistance
  5. Facilitating policy dialogues to promote the integration of livestock into NDCs and LTS

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