About the LMMC project

The Livestock and Manure Management Component (LMMC)

The Livestock and Manure Management Component

The primary objectives of the Livestock and Manure Management Component (LMMC) of the CCAC Agriculture Initiative are:

  1. to integrate manure management practices into livestock systems,
  2. to improve existing practices to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and other harmful emissions to the environment,
  3. to capture methane as an energy source, and
  4. to optimize nutrient utilization for crop production by managing and removing barriers to action with a view toward enhancing food security and sustainable development.

The LMMC is divided in two phases. Phase I activities focus on the set up of the component structure and strategy, and a regional scoping and needs assessment (see section ‘Lessons Learned’). Phase I ended on December 31, 2014. Phase II builds on Phase I, and maximizes impact through targeted Opportunities for Practice Change, that will receive funding based on their ability to quickly and cost-effectively achieve objectives towards the component’s goals. Phase II ends on June 30, 2016.

LMMC activities

Coordinated efforts among key stakeholders to reduce emissions of SLCPs will be facilitated by:

  • Raising awareness of manure management options at the level of policy, private sector and farmers organizations through outreach and communication;
  • Establishing an Advisory Board of leading international institutions to provide strategic guidance;
  • Establishing a Central Hub and three Regional Centres, working in close collaboration, to identify opportunities and conduct work in regions, build networks and partnerships, gather information, and implement projects;
  • Establishing networks to exchange manure management information, connect people, and forge partnerships;
  • Establishing a roster of experts to provide targeted technical assistance and training, analysis and practical implementation and policy support, relying heavily on co-financing and in-kind resources from partners;
  • Launching projects and partnerships to improve manure management by providing information, experts, knowledge exchange, and access to resources;
  • Establishing an internet-based information infrastructure to serve as a searchable repository for global and regional knowledge on manure management.

Together these activities will help policymakers, practitioners and other key stakeholders acquire, share, and disseminate knowledge and leverage new and existing resource bases and institutions to enable the adoption of improved manure management practices at the regional, national, and local level. This will be achieved both by strengthening institutions, assisting in the development of effective policies, and directly transmitting expertise and assistance to farmers and practitioners.

The Manure Knowledge Kiosk is the LMMC tool to provide the resources, knowledge and connections to help the global livestock sector turn integrated manure management opportunities and ideas into practice change.

Manure management practices vary widely according to geographic region, socio-economic conditions, and agricultural practices. As a result policies, technologies and institutional arrangements needed to catalyse practice change will differ. To address these differences the LMMC operates out of three regional centres focusing on South and East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and South America respectively.

The LMMC is coordinated by: