Paraguay: Integrated Risk Management in Livestock Value Chains

In Paraguay, the agricultural sector continues to be the most important economic sector, with high relevance for national economic growth. While traditionally, there has been a strong track record and concentration of public resources on cattle production, the rather non-traditional sectors of small animal husbandry have become an increasingly important source of income for vulnerable rural households. Yet, the producers and other actors of the value chain face different risks: recurring inundations blocking access roads or the outbreak of animal diseases in production clusters can interrupt the value chain from functioning properly.

To strengthen the development and sustainability of non-traditional livestock production and protect the livelihoods of producers, it is necessary to assess these specific risks and identify ways to best manage and mitigate them. Yet, the lack of awareness and access to information among various stakeholders in terms of risk management mechanisms is alarming.