In a number of countries around the world, the sharply increasing demand for animal products is met in large part by large-scale livestock production and associated food chains. However, hundreds of millions of small-scale producers and herders depend on livestock for their livelihoods. Besides food production, farm animals play important economic, cultural and social roles and perform a number of functions and services. They are an essential part of agro-ecosystems.
FAO works to enhance the contribution of livestock to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by supporting the transformation of livestock production systems - both small and large - in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Management Of Animal Genetic Resources

-Implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources
-Monitoring the clans of national dynasties and measuring progress towards achieving the two indicators of sustainable development goals

Livestock, climate change and the use of natural resources

- Activating the role of livestock in agro-ecosystems and assessing the performance of agro-ecosystems;
-addressing the impacts of climate change on livestock and reducing the environmental footprint of livestock supply chains and assessing the impact of projects and investments on greenhouse gas emissions;


-Supporting pastoralist-friendly policies and systems and participating in decision-making;
-Supporting pastoralist communities to build their resilience by helping them maintain social, economic, ecological and technical balances in the short and medium term within and around pastoral systems