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Gender issues should be considered in the planning of livestock development programs. Unfortunately, rarely is the data available to show the diverse yet often complementary roles and responsibilities in livestock production and gender differences in terms of access and control of livestock. This challenges policy makers and donors in developing gender friendly policies and identifying investments in the sector that fosters asset build up and income generation for women through the livestock sector. Niger general census of agriculture and livestock initiated the first generation of sex-disaggregated data on looking at the gender dimension in the livestock sub-sector. Nationally, 93 percent of farm households are headed by a man and about 7 percent are headed by a woman. The ultimate relationship between livestock and gender can be only understood in the context of a more comprehensive set of data, such as household and community surveys which include information on a variety of household-related characteristics for example, household size, education of head of household, access to public and private services, distance to markets, etc.