Livestock Fact Check

The Livestock Fact Check project digs into the evidence behind popular facts about livestock, to discover whether those facts are accurate and up to date.

The objective of this effort is to help ensure that facts relevant to the livestock sector are robust, up-to- date and appropriately interpreted, resulting in better-informed discussions around these topics.

To date, eight facts have been investigated and launched in a way that stimulates discussion on these issues. All factsheets are reviewed by members of the LD4D community. A plan will also be developed to identify and review more key facts.

Facts checked (so far):

Livestock Disease Production Burdens: Does disease cause the preventable death of one in four young ruminants and one in ten mature ruminants each year?
Livestock Yield Gaps: To what extent can livestock productivity be improved?
Livestock and Climate Change Fact Sheet
How much does livestock rearing contribute to climate change? And can better management reduce this by up to 30%?
Livestock Multi-functionality: How significant are the various roles and functions of livestock in Low to Middle Income Countries?
Fact Check zoonotic
Livestock and zoonotic disease: Of emerged human disease epidemics, have 75% really been of animal origin? And overall, are 60% of human pathogens of animal origin?
Fact Check disease eradication
Livestock disease eradication: Did global eradication of Rinderpest bring billions of dollars of benefits
Fact Check livelihoods
Livestock and livelihoods: Do livestock support the livelihoods of around one billion poor people globally?
Fact Check economy
Livestock and economy: Does the livestock sector make up 40% of total agricultural GDP globally?

Header photo credit: S. Kilungu (CCAFS)


Watch: Livestock Fact Check launch webinar (June 2018)

Peer reviewed journal article

Salmon GR, MacLeod M, Claxton JR, Pica Ciamarra U, Robinson T, Duncan A, Peters AR. Exploring the landscape of livestock ‘Facts’. Global Food Security. October 2019.