Researchers publish manual on community conversations on animal welfare

Community conversations are facilitated discussions among community groups to improve their knowledge, attitudes and practices about the welfare of their animals. Many factors constrain the ability of community members to improve the welfare of their animals. Socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions such as attitudes towards animals, knowledge and skills about caring for animals, and resources and services determine the welfare status of farm animals.

Addressing these issues requires engaging community groups in active dialogues and social learning to discuss their animal welfare needs to find joint solutions to improve animal welfare. This manual, Community conversation on animal welfare, developed by scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute and the University of Melbourne is a useful guide for facilitators of community conversations on animal care and welfare. It is based on work done in Ethiopia but can be adapted to suit the situation of smallholder livestock keepers in other countries.