Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / Climate Change / Dairying / Forages / Latin America / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Value Chains

Sustainable milk and beef production in Nicaragua: actions and opportunities for an inclusive value chain

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, show how Livestock and Fish feed and forages work has improved the productivity of forage-based livestock production and increased carbon accumulation and at the same time reduced its ecological footprint as part of LivestockPlus. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Cattle / Central America / CIAT / Climate Change / Dairying / Feeds / Forages / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua

Livestock and Fish science leadership promotes the development of Nicaragua’s livestock sector

Recently, the Nicaraguan Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) organized the “First International Congress on Challenges and Opportunities to Increase National Livestock Productivity” in Managua, Nicaragua. Highlighting the collaboration of CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish (L&F) within the model of collaboration based on alliances, dialogue, and consensus promoted by the country’s public sector, members of CIAT’s forages team presented the Program’s contributions to the development of the region’s livestock sector. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Cattle / CCAFS / CGIAR / CIAT / Climate Change / Feeds / Forages / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / South America / Systems Analysis / Targeting

What’s the beef? Giving livestock a break in Colombia

Cows are regularly portrayed as evil: four-legged, four-stomached, greenhouse gas machines chomping through forests and destroying the planet. It’s no wonder the idea of a climate-smart livestock system sounds like an oxymoron. Nevertheless, you can get a glimpse of these systems in Colombia’s mountainous, Cauca Department. Patía is also a microcosm of Colombia’s livestock conundrum. … Continue reading

Africa / CGIAR / CIAT / Climate Change / Environment / Impact Assessment / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS / Systems Analysis / Targeting / Value Chains

Prioritizing climate-smart livestock interventions in Africa

In this paper, the authors provide a generic framework for evaluating and prioritizing potential interventions comprising the mapping of recommendation domains, assessing adoption potential and estimating impacts. Continue reading

Climate-smart sustainable intensification: a business strategy for small cattle farmers in Central America
Animal Feeding / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Central America / CIAT / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / Extension / Feeds / Gender / Intensification / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Nicaragua / Value Chains

Climate-smart sustainable intensification: a business strategy for small cattle farmers in Central America

Silvopastoral systems provide a broad range of environmental and productive benefits. The presence of trees in farm plots stabilizes hillsides, minimizes erosion, improves the soil’s water retention and nutrient balance, and provides feed and shade for cattle. These practices generate higher milk and meat yields while contributing to the resilience of production systems in the face of climate variability, which is manifesting in increasingly extreme ways in Central America. Continue reading

Climate Change / Dairying / East Africa / Environment / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Targeting

Towards a comprehensive livestock environment assessment framework – East Africa consultation

Following the rapid increasing demand for animal source foods propelling livestock production, particularly in many less developed countries where the pressure on natural resources is mounting, the need for a pragmatic tool to assess environmental impacts is greater than ever. Earlier this year the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded an 18-month project called … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / CGIAR / CIAT / Climate Change / Feeds / Forages / LIVESTOCK-FISH

‘Grassroots action’ in livestock feeding to help curb global climate change

In a series of papers, scientists in the Livestock and Fish research program offer new evidence that a potent chemical mechanism operating in the roots of a tropical grass used for livestock feed has enormous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Referred to as “biological nitrification inhibition” or BNI, the mechanism markedly reduces the conversion … Continue reading