Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS)
Established in 2005, the LEGS Project is overseen by an Advisory Committee 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, Sphere India and Vetwork UK. Funding for the LEGS Project comes from a range of donors 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.
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.
LEGS Scope and Content
LEGS is underpinned by a livelihoods approach and is based on three livelihoods objectives:
- Providing immediate benefits to crisis-affected communities
- Protecting the livestock-related assets of crisis-affected communities
- Assisting the re-building of key assets among crisis-affected communities
LEGS has a global scope and focuses on the process of identifying needs and analysing which interventions are most appropriate to support the livelihoods of the affected populations, at which times, and in which emergencies. LEGS recognizes that climate change is resulting in more complex and unpredictable types of disaster.
Hence guidance on options (‘decision-making trees’) forms the basis of the main sections, with references to where detailed technical guidelines and other materials may be obtained. The key technical areas covered within the three livelihoods objectives are: destocking, veterinary care; supplementary feeding; provision of water; livestock shelter and settlement; and provision of livestock or restocking.
Each chapter covers the implications of selecting a particular technical option or activity; cross-cutting issues such as environment, gender, HIV/AIDS, and security; indicators and issues for impact assessment; links with the Sphere Standards; case studies; and sources of further information, including existing guidelines, technical briefs and toolkits.See more