11th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting. Embracing Change and Harnessing Diversity: The Roles of Livestock in Sustainable Food Systems

Day 4: Shaping the future for the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock
The fourth day of the 11th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership conference of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL)—‘Embracing change and harnessing diversity: The roles of livestock in sustainable food systems’began with a welcome from Alwin Kopse, of the Swiss Federal Office of Agriculture (FOAG), who introduced the panel discussion on food systems transformation. Collaboration and synergies within and outside GASL were the basis for the discussion.

Day 2: What do livestock stakeholders say around the world about embracing change and harnessing diversity in the livestock sector?
The second day of the GASL conference included the reports from regional meetings that GASL held in advance of its main meeting this week. The five action tracks (AT) of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) provided the basis for the regional sessions, which discussed major challenges and solutions for the livestock sector.

Day 1: Exploring the global context and opportunities for livestock
The plenary sessions on the first day of the GASL meeting featured a breadth of expertise and perspectives on the importance of change and diversity in the global livestock sector. 

Livestock pathways to 2030: One Health Briefs

30-04-2021 - The International Livestock Research Institute is pleased to announce the launching of a series of briefs on One Health which aim to highlight the benefits of the One Health approach for improving sustainable livestock production and strengthening livelihoods and improve our understanding of the complex linkages between the wider environment, animal, and human health.

One Health approaches work across sectors and scales for better health outcomes for people, animals, and the environment. It recognizes the interconnections between all three.

The series of seven key messages and more than 20 practical action areas provide governments, investors, experts in One Health and policymakers options to invest in better health and improved food systems. The interventions emphasize the need to move to actions that are adaptive and flexible in local contexts.

You can view the briefs here

Silvopastoral systems: Regional approaches and opportunities for adaptation and resilience

23 April 2021- The next Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock ‘s Action Network webinar will present silvopastoral systems and their potential to improve adaptation and resilience of the livestock sector. Based on the importance of addressing resilience in the livestock sector, the Global Network on Silvopastoral Systems’ event will provide an overview of the situation and potential of silvopastoral systems in different parts of the world, with particular emphasis on their capacity to increase adaptation and resilience. The webinar will feature different silvopastoral approaches developed by leader institutions. Read more.

Dialogue Grazing Livestock: Building Sustainable Protein Supply Chains

08-04-2021 - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) are organizing a  virtual conversation entitled Grazing Livestock: Building Sustainable Protein Supply Chains in anticipation of the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS). This dialogue will explore grazing livestock and its role in building a sustainable protein supply chain. The event is intended to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders for a bold, solutions-oriented discussion for nutritious and sustainable diets, explore best practices and challenge attendees to answer what’s next, what’s missing, how we can do better. The virtual room will host producers, academics, NGOs, policy makers and civil society to push the boundaries and contribute to the UN’s overarching goal of improving the food system. CCA and NCC’s dialogue will be performed in three parts across three days:

  • Session 1: Grazing Animals: Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainable Production on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 from 1-3pm EST 
  • Session 2: Grazing Animals and Sustainable Consumption on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 from 1-3pm EST 
  • Session 3: Nature Meets Nutrition: Grazing Animals and Sustainable Diets  on Thursday, April 29th, 2021 from 1-3pm EST.

The dialogue is posted on the UNFSS landing page and can be found here.

Register for Annual Conference: Exploring Sustainability in Animal Agriculture

08-04-2021 - The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) is happy to announce its annual conference themed “Exploring Sustainability in Animal Agriculture”. The conference will convene on  April 21-April 23, 2021 and provide the opportunity to engage with key visionary leaders and panellists to explore their insights and expertise on economic, environmental and social issues related to animal agriculture.
Review the full agenda, speaker lineup and register for the annual conference here.

Two interesting presentations on livestock and sustainability

31-03-2021 - Recent presentations from Dr. Jude Capper for the NFU East Midlands Livestock Board and Mid-Staffs NFU meeting are available online. The presentations highlight important information on sustainability and livestock production and are accessible here: 

  • “How do we sustain cattle industry sustainability?” NFU East Midlands Livestock Board; March 25th, 2021.  Click here for presentation as a PDF.  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36729.80489
  • “Livestock sustainability – how do we maintain, improve and communicate it?” Mid-Staffs NFU meeting; January 20th, 2021.  Click here for presentation as a PDF.  DOI:  10.13140/RG.2.2.20482.30403

“Is The UK Ready For Plant-Based Diets?” a food security report

30-03-2021 - Plant-based diets are on the rise in the United Kingdom and a quarter of people are adopting meat-reduced diets for environmental and animal welfare reasons. However, this trend poses important questions on whether the UK food system is ready to adapt to changing consumer demands for plant-based products in a way that promotes public health, environmental sustainability, economic growth, and social justice.
A group of researchers for the Global Food Security Programme addresses these questions in the report “Is The UK Ready For Plant-Based Diets?".
The work, accessible here, is informed by a diverse spectrum of experts and stakeholders for evidence and recommendations backed by successful case-studies and explores risks as well as opportunities for food systems and agricultural policy.

GASL stakeholders’ consultation on major events and activities related to sustainable livestock in 2021

26-03-2021 - In order to foster coordinated action and support potential synergies, the GASL Secretariat has conducted a consultation among GASL organizations  to get an indication on the planning or involvement of activities in relation to relevant events and topics for sustainable livestock in 2021. The following table presents major events, organizations involvement and contact details [click here].

HealthforAnimals is a new GASL partner

15-03-2021 - HealthforAnimals is the global animal health association, representing manufacturers of veterinary medicines and other health products such as vaccines, diagnostics, nutritional supplements, digital technologies, parasiticides, and antibiotics. The partner’s members believe animals will be at the center of the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, and improving their care offers an opportunity to accelerate efforts on key SDGs... [read more]

The Animal Task Force seminar on livestock and biodiversity

15 March 2021 - In view of the UN’s aim to develop a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the Animal Task Force organizes the virtual seminar "What livestock has to offer to biodiversity and healthy soils" on 21 April, 9:30-12:30 CET.
The seminar's aim is to explore the different pathways to support animal production’s role in biodiversity conservation and to address how research and innovation can support the livestock sector in the task.
The event will bring together farmers, industries, scientists, policymakers, and actors across civil society to discuss and examine all the possible links and interactions of livestock with biodiversity protection.
The full program of the event is available here and the registration form here.

Webinar: Net Zero, Pathways to Low Carbon Dairy

Four GASL partners, the Global Dairy Platform, the International Dairy Federation, the International Livestock Research Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organization, hosted a webinar on the initiative "Net Zero, Pathways to Low Carbon Dairy” on 24 February.
During the event, partners discussed ways to promote and operationalize desired pathways to low carbon dairy and possible forms of engagement for GASL stakeholders and wider communities.
Watch the webinar here. At the request of some stakeholders, the Q&A session after the presentations is not included in this recording.