The Investing in Sustainable Livestock (ISL) Guide was developed for project managers to help livestock projects contribute to sustainability.

The ISL Guide is grounded in tested theory and evidence organized into 14 principles for sustainability in the livestock sector. These principles propose a structured approach to view how investment decisions will affect the sustainability of livestock projects. The World Bank, with the support of experts from a range of institutions and international organizations, specifically developed these principles for the guide. They include principles for sustainability in environment and animal health. Guidance and principles on equity are forthcoming.

Principles 1 and 7 take into account all three dimensions of livestock sustainability: environment, animal health, and equity. Principles 2 through 6 are unique to each dimension of sustainability and offer aspects to consider for technical project design. Below, explore each of the 14 principles in detail. You’ll find an overview of each, a look at the principle as applied in the field, and a summary of trade-offs to consider.

The ISL Guide has an interactive component that provides guidance for improving the sustainability outcomes of livestock projects in the below 6 livestock farming systems, or contexts, found worldwide. Once you have explored the theory behind the guidance, visit the The Guide and choose either Project in Implementation or Project in Preparation to apply it to your own project.