Wild Meat

Wildlife is a critical component of biodiversity and ecosystem services that support human wellbeing. Many communities depend on wildlife for their livelihoods as well as for food and nutrition.

But due to overexploitation and loss of natural habitat, wildlife continues to face a dramatic decline. Additionally, unsustainable hunting and demand for wild meat increases the risk of disease-causing pathogens to make the leap to humans from other animals. When diseases spill over into human populations, they can threaten human lives, livelihoods, and food security.

Critical development goals of conserving biodiversity, achieving food security, and protecting the health of human communities requires more than siloed, sectoral efforts.

The Wild Meat Collaborative Learning Group serves as a platform for cross-sectoral learning exchanges to support evidence-based decision-making for improved programming. Together, we will share and elevate understanding of the importance of wild meat issues, to foster engagement and integrated learning on these issues, and to improve our effectiveness in USAID programming addressing wild meat.

The learning group has prioritized learning questions anchored in four themes:

    1. Consumer preferences and desires for wild meat
    2. Consumer needs for wild meat
    3. Regulation of the urban wild meat commodity chain
    4. Rural access to wild meat for subsistence consumption

Together these themes represent key outcomes in our theory of change which links common strategic approaches to the biodiversity conservation and human development impacts we seek to achieve. Click the image to see the theory of change. 

Wild Meat Theory of Change Graphic

Click the image to see the detailed theory of change

For more information on joining the learning group, please contact us.

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