The Gridded Livestock of the World (GLW) is a peer-reviewed spatial dataset on the global distribution and abundance of livestock species. These data find applications in the fields of food and nutrition security; livelihoods and economic growth; human and animal health and welfare; and natural resources and environment. Several versions of GLW database have been released, reflecting the most recently compiled and harmonized subnational livestock distribution data at each time.
The livestock species modelled include: buffaloes, cattle, chicken, ducks, goats, horses, pigs and sheep. The GLW distributions of other poultry and equine species (turkeys and goose, mules and asses) and camels will be released in the future.
This work is developed and maintained by FAO's Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch (NSAL) in the NSA division regular programme and by a number of projects within that, and has been developed in collaboration with the Spatial Epidemiology Lab (SpELL), Université Libre de Bruxelles.