This section intends to present the main outputs of the LEGS Project, namely the LEGS Handbook and the constantly updated website. Take a look at the short video presenting the main tools and resources available on the website.
The LEGS Project is an independent initiative that aims to improve the quality and livelihoods impact of livestock-related projects in humanitarian situations.
The key activity of the LEGS Project is the production and dissemination of the LEGS Handbook, supported by a global training programme and other awareness raising activities. The LEGS Handbook was produced through a broad consultation process, drawing on good practice worldwide. The Handbook provides international standards and guidelines for appropriate and timely livestock-based livelihoods responses in emergencies, using a participatory and evidence-based approach. The LEGS Handbook is a companion to the Sphere Handbook.
Established in 2005, the LEGS Project is overseen by a Steering Group of individuals from the African Union, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Overseas Development Institute and Vetwork UK. Funding for the LEGS Project came from a range of donors, including ECHO, and through in-kind contributions, but with all donor support provided on the condition that LEGS remains independent. LEGS activities are coordinated by Vetwork UK.
LEGS Handbook Scope
LEGS starting point is the welfare of human beings. It covers all types of livestock, from small species to large animals, including animals used for transport or draught power. LEGS covers rural communities (farmers and pastoralists) as well as peri-urban and urban livestock keepers. LEGS also provides guidance on livestock kept by displaced people, including those living in camps.
LEGS does not address the prevention or control of transboundary animal diseases because these are covered by other internationally accepted guidelines (i.e. FAO-EMPRES)
Specific LEGS interventions include:
- Veterinary support
- Feed supplies
- Provision of water
- Livestock shelter and settlement
- Provision of livestock
During disasters, the links between improvements in animal health and links to human health and nutrition have been increasingly recognized, and reviews have focused on the role of milk and milk products in the diet, particularly in improving the dietary quality for women and young children
There is growing evidence that livestock feeding support to key milk producing stock can reduce the number of young children in feeding centres during drought.
LEGS approach extended presentation
LEGS Manual available in different languages here
The LEGS project: The first 10 years, 2005 – 2015
LEGS Website: available in English, French and Spanish
Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS): launch of the 2nd edition handbook
FAO Emergency Prevention System for Animal Health (EMPRES)
EMPRES Global Animal Disease Information System (EMPRES-i)
Coupe, S. and E. Kisiangani (2013): Study Report on the Effectiveness of the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) in Ethiopia and Kenya. Nairobi: FAO, Vetwork UK and ECHO, Nairobi.
Sadler, K., E. Mitchard, A. Abdi, Y. Shiferaw, G. Bekel and A. Catley (2012) Milk Matters: The impact of dry season livestock support on milk supply and child nutrition in Somali Region, Ethiopia. Addis Ababa: Feinstein International Center, Tufts University and Save the Children.
Wallis, W. and C. Watson (2013): Livelihoods Standards in Humanitarian Practice: The Case of Sphere Companion Standards Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) and Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS): Paper presented to the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Istanbul, October 24th 2013.
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What does LEGS mean?
The LEGS manual