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Community of Practice



Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) is a Community of Practice launched in January 2017 that aims to drive informed livestock decision making through the better use of existing data and analyses.

LD4D brings together livestock and data modellers with project implementers and decision makers from industry, the public sector and NGOs. Through cataloging and organizing livestock data, making it more discoverable and digestible, LD4D ultimately aims to guide investments that will improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in low and middle-income countries.

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Karen Smyth, COP Lead | Email
Deputy Director of the Supporting Evidence-Based Decisions (SEBI) project at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Midlothian, United Kingdom.

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Community News

Articles in this section were originally posted on the Livestock Data for Decisions website.

LD4D meeting, 28-30 November

LD4D meeting, 28-30 November

We held the latest LD4D Community of Practice meeting from 28-30 November in Hanoi, Vietnam. The meeting was streamed live ...
Big Data approaches offer hope for improved livestock analysis

Big Data approaches offer hope for improved livestock analysis

By Louise Donnison, Karen Smyth and Vanessa Meadu LD4D members report back from the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in ...

Large increases in goat meat production are possible in Ethiopia and India, says new study

by Jeda Palmer and Vanessa Meadu Small ruminants such as goats are an important source of income for smallholder farmers ...
What livestock and where? Q&A with Timothy Robinson on Gridded Livestock of the World 3.0

What livestock and where? Q&A with Timothy Robinson on Gridded Livestock of the World 3.0

New data on global livestock distribution to help sector along sustainable pathwaysRead more What livestock and where? Q&A with Timothy ...
Agriculture and climate change: Scientists and stakeholders break down walls in Berlin

Agriculture and climate change: Scientists and stakeholders break down walls in Berlin

Researcher Gareth Salmon reports back from the first International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security, where he presented ...
Afrivet disease identification model

Livestock disease diagnosis tools for Sub-Saharan Africa: a guide to what’s out there

The SEBI program has been looking into the relevant livestock Diagnostic Decision Support Systems (DDSSs) in the market and literature; ...

Working groups

LD4D hosts a series of short-life working groups and projects where the real work of the community takes place.

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. More…


LiveGAPS aims to identify ways to maximise yields in livestock systems for poverty alleviation, global food security and sustainability. More…

Decision makers’ needs study

LD4D has commissioned a pilot study into the data information needs of local stakeholders interested in livestock productivity and causes of mortality in the dairy sector in Ethiopia. More…

Knowledge platform and data portal

A hub for livestock information and resources, including a data portal, which will house an inventory of current and previous livestock projects and descriptions of associated databases. More…

Data visualisations and dashboards

This group will consider how we can move toward the forecasting of livestock disease through the use of data visualisations. This group will also consider the potential to collect and share real-time data using dashboards. More…

Data quality

This group will explore elements of data quality by considering the fitness of purpose of data obtained from secondary sources and practices to generate good quality primary data. More…

Modelling Impact

This group will bring together modellers and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grantees to model productivity gains brought about as a result of BMGF grantees work. More…

Livestock Modelling Group

This group, which brings together modellers who work within the livestock sector under the LD4D banner, is looking to facilitate collaboration to answer some of the big questions relating to livestock. More…


This group will plan and deliver communications and engagement activities that support knowledge sharing within the community and help inform livestock discussions more widely. More…


There are no upcoming events at this time.

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