A look back at the 9th GASL Multistakeholder Partnership Meeting

From 9 to 12 September, around 300 participants of over 30 different countries were learning, discussing and developing ideas for enhancing sustainability in the global livestock sector through innovation at Kansas State University in Manhattan KS, USA. Click HERE for summaries and videos of the plenary discussions, radio broadcasts including interviews with speakers, pictures of each day and more. (17 September 2019)

The 9th MSP Meeting of the Global Agenda has started

The annual Multistakeholder Partnership Meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock is in full swing. Kansas State University, the host of this year, has welcomed nearly 300 participants of more than 30 different countries. Read the SUMMARY of the first day and watch the LIVESTREAM of today. (10 September 2019)

Six days left to the Global Agenda's 9th MSP Meeting in Kansas

The 9th GASL Multistakeholder Partnership Meeting with this year’s topic “Innovation for Sustainable Livestock Systems” will start on Monday, 9 September in Manhattan, Kansas US. Find the background papers on the four Sustainability Domains, the meeting’s programme, the link for livestreaming and updated news on the 9th MSP MEETING EVENT PAGE. (3 September 2019)

GASL is part of the SDG Partnerships Platform

The Global Agenda has joined the SDG partnerships online platform, the United Nations' global registry of voluntary commitments and multistakeholder partnerships, facilitating global engagement of all stakeholders in support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read the Global Agenda’s entry HERE. (23 August 2019)

Discussing the Diet Selection of Ruminants at the IAEA Conference in Brazil

At the Second Research Coordination Meeting on Quantification of Intake and Diet Selection of Ruminants Grazing Heterogeneous Pastures Using Compound Specific Stable Isotopes, organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Piracicaba, Brazil, 12-16 August, Rogerio Mauricio from Action Network Restoring Value to Grasslands had the opportunity to give a PRESENTATION on grazing ruminant’s diet in Silvopastoral Systems and on the objectives of the Global Agenda. (14 August 2019)

Call for Papers on Sustainable Use of Grassland and Rangeland Resources for Improved Livelihoods

For the International Grassland and Rangeland Congress on 24-30 October 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya, the organizers have issued a call for abstracts for panels, papers and posters. Among the organizers is the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation, an active member of the Global Agenda. If you are interested, please follow the instructions in the EVENT DESCRIPTION. (31 July 2019)

7th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture in Ghana

The Chair of GASL, Fritz Schneider, is presenting the Global Agenda today at the Seventh All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture, which is taking place in Accra, Ghana on 29 July - 2 August 2019. This year’s topic is Innovations to Harness the Potential of African Animal Agriculture in a Globalizing World. Please find the presentation HERE. (30 July 2019)

The Global Agenda at the Veterinarian Science Week in Australia

From 4 to 6 July, the Science Week for veterinarians took place at the Gold Coast in Australia. Among the presenters was Rebecca Doyle, the leader of the Action Network Animal Welfare (AWAN) to present the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock and the AWAN. Her presentation is accessible HERE. (15 July 2019)

GASL’s statement on the EAT Lancet report

The report “Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems”, published on 16 January 2019, triggered both positive reactions and controversial discussions worldwide. The Global Agenda responds to this report and presents a multistakeholder perspective on sustainable livestock. Please read the statement HERE. (2 July 2019)

Investing in Sustainable Livestock (ISL) Guide

The World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched the INVESTING IN SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK (ISL) GUIDE, an online platform that provides livestock project managers with the information and tools necessary to implement environmentally sound projects. Some Global Agenda members were consulted to offer feedback during the preparation of this guide. More information is available HERE(28 June 2019)

Silvopastoral Systems and their Contribution to Improved Resource Use and Sustainable Development Goals: Evidence from Latin America

The Global Agenda’s Action Network on Silvopastoral Systems has published a REPORT on silvopastoral systems (SPS) in Latin America, conducted by CIPAV, agri benchmark, FAO and GASL. Most Latin American countries have accumulated important experience in adopting and adapting SPS to local circumstances as an option for sustainable cattle production. The report links to the SDGs and demonstrates the impact of SPS adoption on productivity and socio-economic and environmental benefits through results from ten case studies from Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. (30 May 2019)

How a new diet for gassy cows is helping the environment

Cattle farming is responsible for almost 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. BBC has released a short VIDEO on how some farmers in Colombia are piloting a different way of raising cows that has proved better for the environment. (30 May 2019)

GASL Action Plan 2019-2021

The new ACTION PLAN of the Global Agenda is finalized and available. It outlines the upcoming activities for 2019-2021 with the objectives of enhancing policy dialogue on livestock sustainability issues, generating and communicating evidence and advocating for practice and policy change. The report covers the strategic framework of GASL, budget classifications, timelines and more. (22 May 2019)

Registration is open for the 9th MSP Meeting in Kansas

The annual GASL Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting will take place at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas USA on 9-13 September 2019. The programme, a link to register and more information are accessible on the EVENT PAGE. (16 April 2019)

Shaping the future of livestock in Kenya

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock co-hosted a multi-stakeholder consultation in Nairobi, Kenya on 21 March 2019. Livestock contribute greatly towards food and nutrition security and economic development of the country. The livestock industry is transforming radically in response to the increasing demands. Participants from different sectors deliberated at the meeting and identified together a way forward in shaping the livestock sector across the nation. More information is available on ILRI NEWS. (9 April 2019)

GASL Progress Report 2018

The PORGRESS REPORT of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) summarizes activities, achievements and challenges during the year 2018. Furthermore, it gives an overview of results according to the Action Plan 2016-2018, the financial situation and fundraising activities as well as recommendations and an outlook for 2019 and beyond. (13 March 2019)

Evaluation of the Global Agenda

An independent team of the Evaluation Office in FAO analysed the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) for the period of 2011 to 2017. The evaluation was done for accountability and learning purposes. It concludes that GASL has successfully established a platform of a broad and diverse representation addressing a gap in the global discourse on livestock sustainability. It also recommends that consumer groups and gender perspective be adequately incorporated. The full report is published on the FAO evaluation WEBSITE. (8 March 2019)

Preparatory workshop on the 9th MSP Meeting in Kansas

The 9th GASL MSP meeting will be held at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in September 2019 with the title “Innovation for sustainable livestock”. A task force of the Guiding Group is currently meeting in Kansas for a PREPARATORY WORKSHOP together with Kansas State University, University of Florida, Columbia University, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association and the US World Wildlife Fund. (6 March 2019)

Guiding Group Meeting 2019

The Guiding Group of the Global Agenda met for one and a half days at FAO in Rome. Presentations and the agenda can be found HERE. (1 March 2019)

1st Dairy task force meeting

The GASL Action Network Livestock for Social Development has joined forces with the Global Dairy Platform, FAO, the IFCN Dairy Network, the Dairy Sustainability Framework, ILRI and the National Dairy Development Board of India to generate awareness on the importance of investing in the dairy sector for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. A task force of technical experts met on 19 and 20 February at FAO in Rome to develop guidelines for assessing the contribution of the dairy sector to society, defining key elements and indicators to quantify the contribution, and reaching consensus on what outputs to deliver in 2019. (22 February 2019)

Climate Change and the Global Dairy Cattle Sector

A recently announced REPORT, which analyses the role of the dairy sector in a low-carbon future, is published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Dairy Platform (GDP) and the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL). Dairy farmers are part of the solution to limit climate change but need to accelerate the sector’s response to avoid climate tipping points. (7 February 2019)

Ecuador joins the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock

Ing. Eddie Pesantez, Undersecretary of Livestock Production, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, officially signed the Consensus Document at the GFFA workshop on Sustainable Livestock Goes Digital, which was organized by GASL, FAO, OIE and ILRI on 17 January 2019. Ecuador has a large programme on livestock sustainability. The Global Agenda is honored to welcome Ecuador as a new member. (25 January 2019)

GFFA Meeting 2019: Sustainable livestock goes digital

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) with this year’s topic Agriculture goes digital: smart solutions for future farming started on 17 January 2019 in Berlin with a workshop of the Global Agenda, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on ‘Sustainable livestock goes digital’. It built a bridge to last year’s GFFA Meeting which focused on livestock. ILRI summarized this event in an ARTICLE. Presentations and pictures can be found HERE. (23 January 2019)

Positive Synergies among GASL Partners Result in Valuable Joint Research on a Silvopastoral System in Brazil

A new research project of agri benchmark, the Thünen Institute of Farm Economics (Germany), Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei (Brazil), Centro para la Investigación en Sistemas Sostenibles de Producción Agropecuaria (Colombia) and Centro Brasileiro de Pecuaria Sustentavel (Brazil) measured the productive, economic and environmental aspects of a Silvopastoral System (SPS) used for beef production in the north of Brazil. The SPS was developed based on the natural regeneration of native trees, legumes bushes or associated with eucalyptus trees. The study demonstrates the interaction of different Action Networks and Clusters of the Global Agenda such as Restoring Value to Grasslands, Global Network on Silvopastoral Systems, Closing the Efficiency Gap, the Academia & Research Cluster and the Social Movement Cluster. More information about the research project can be found in this VIDEO (in Portuguese). (10 January 2019)

New Report: Options for the Livestock Sector in Developing and Emerging Economies to 2030 and Beyond

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), one of GASL’s most active partners, has prepared a special REPORT for the Meat: the Future dialogue series of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The paper reviews the different ways of meeting the growing future protein needs and the consequences and opportunities of different future trajectories. The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock is mentioned as an example that fosters institutional environments to help transform the livestock sector. ILRI’s analyses are also highlighted in the WEF's PRESS RELEASE of a different Meat: the Future dialogue series’ report about alternative proteins. (9 January 2019)

Season’s Greeting from the GASL Chair

The Chair of the Global Agenda, Fritz Schneider, thanks all livestock stakeholders for their participation and recalls the many highlights and successes in 2018. Please read the full message HERE. (21 December 2018)

The Global Agenda welcomes the University of Melbourne

The UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, one of the leading universities of Australia, became a new member of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock. Animal Welfare Scientist Rebecca Doyle is not only be the focal point for GASL but also took over the lead of the Action Network Animal Welfare. (6 December 2018)

Global Dairy and GHG Emissions

Global milk production has increased by 30% since 2005, especially in low-and-middle income regions. While dairy farming has become more efficient with emissions per unit of milk falling by 11%, total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the dairy sector have increased between 2005 and 2015. Through the work of initiatives such as the Global Dairy Platform (GDP) and Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) - partners of the Global Agenda - the sector is committed to continuously seek ways to reduce GHG emissions while delivering safe and nutritious dairy products. The Food and Agriculture Organization is presenting analyses over a 10-year time period today at COP24. More information can be found in the FACTSHEET. A report will be published soon. (4 December 2018)

Third Guiding Group Meeting 2018

The Guiding Group of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock had a successful meeting on 2/3 October 2018 at FAO headquarters in Rome. The focus was on the Action Plan 2019-2021. More information can be found HERE. (11 October 2018)

GASL at the 5th Annual Asian Regional Dairy Meeting, China

Henk Jan Ormel of FAO represented the Chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) in the 5th Annual Asian Regional Dairy Meeting on 30 and 31 July in Yinchuan, China, an event organized by GASL partner 'the Global Dairy Platform (GDP)' of the private sector cluster. The event was co-hosted by the Mengniu Dairy (Group) Co. Ltd. FULL PRESENTATION. (22 August 2018)

Brief review on the MSP Meeting 2018 in the Mongolian countryside

The 8th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock successfully looks back on a week of lively discussions, exciting lectures, cultural insights into nomadic life in Mongolia and progressive inputs for GASL's future. The echo in the media is still resonating. MORE INFORMATION and ARTICLES. (30 July 2018)

8th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting in Mongolia

The 8th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting in Ulaanbaatar has started (11-15 June 2018). The theme 'livestock on the move' is inspired by the location where mobile livestock keeping is very important. All information and updates are available HERE and on Twitter #LivestockAgenda. (11 June 2018)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation becomes a member of the Global Agenda

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock is growing: We officially welcome the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a new member. More information HERE. (11 May 2018)


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