12th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting - Livestock sector actions towards more sustainable food systems

30-06-2022 – The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock is glad to announce the opening of the official page dedicated to the 12th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting  “Livestock sector actions towards more sustainable food systems” that will take place in Dublin (hybrid format) on 3-7 September 2022 . For more information on the event and to follow the updates visit here.

Webinar - Silvipastoral Systems in Brazil

28-06-2022 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA - USA), the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL - Italy), and the Federal University of São João del Rei (UFSJ - Brazil) are hosting a webinar on Silvipastoral Systems in Brazil. The objective of the webinar is to disseminate silvipastoral practices (SPS) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), as well as to understand the main obstacles for large-scale adoption in LAC. Speakers will demonstrate the multiple functions of SPS (economic, social and environmental), the various forms of implementation and management of these systems, the concern and commitment of the livestock sector to contribute to reducing greenhouse gases, and the various national policies about livestock farming. Young Brazilians will also be called to share their vision and desires about livestock production.
The event will take place on 7 July 2022, 09:00 am Brazilian time (GMT-3).  Register here.

Global Forum on GHG Emissions - agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Conference

02-06-2022 - The Global Forum on GHG Emissions - agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Conference is a semi-public event organized by the Thünen Institut/ agri benchmark. The event will be held on Friday, 17 June 2022, 9:00 -16:00 CEST (UTC+02:00). To participate registration is required. Click here to register

Virtual Side Event during 1st Session of the COAG Sub-Committee on Livestock , 17 March 2022

17-03-2022 - In cooperation with the Governments of Switzerland, Uruguay, Kenya, Mongolia, Ireland and Canada, and the World Farmers Organization, FAO-LEAP and the Global Dairy Platform GASL held the event  “Multi-stakeholder climate action in support of sustainable livestock-based food systems”. Read more here

Livestock and gender

11-03-2022 - Two important resources on livestock and gender are flagged:

International Women's Day 2022podcast with Alessandra Galiè (Gender Team Leader at the International Livestock Research Institute), Upendo Ramadhani Simba (university graduate of animal sciences), and Adolf Jeremiah (research field coordinator at the International Livestock Research Institute) on the importance of livestock to women.  Accessible here 

The Livestock and Gender Data community co-hosted by Livestock Data for Decisions and the International Livestock Research Institute to support learning and innovation and foster discussions on livestock and gender data.  For more information visit here

Sub-Committee on Livestock: Report of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock

09-03-2022 - The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock’s report to the Sub-Committee on Livestock outlining GASL key activities since October 2020 and GASL 2022–2024 Action Plan is available here.
The report has been made accessible in 6 different languages:  EN FR ES ZH AR RU

New publication: Immediate effects of COVID-19 on the global dairy sector

08-03-2022 - A policy paper on COVID-19 and the dairy sector produced by the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock in collaboration with the Livestock Policy Lab is published. Applying a longitudinal qualitative analysis framework (questionnaires, media-search, focus-group discussions, semi-structured interviews, and secondary evidence reviews)

in five different geographical regions, the article provides primary evidence of the immediate effects of COVID-19 on the global dairy sector, particularly focusing on the outcome of the implemented response mechanisms, and the potential medium and long-term implications of the pandemic on the sector. Read the full publication here.

New report on digitalization in the African livestock sector

23-02-2022 - How can digital solutions be used to promote sustainable livestock value chain development in Africa? Which applications are already available on the market? What are their potentials and risks? The report “Digitalizing the African livestock sector – status quo and future trends for sustainable value chain development” (Link) prepared by the GIZ Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock Systems and the Sector Programme “Sustainable Agriculture”, gives answers to these questions. Over 60 applications have been identified through Internet research. It shows that the sector’s digital transformation is already underway and very dynamic, providing digital solutions that are as diverse as their underling technologies, target groups and value chains. Information and communications technology (ICT) applications range from simple Short Message Services to remind livestock keepers of upcoming due dates for vaccinating their cattle, over the provision of satellite-based vegetation maps to guide pastoralists to the best grazing grounds during droughts, to complex platforms to virtually aggregate animal-source foods produced across the country. The report defines fields of application for the use of ICT within livestock value chains and provides short profiles of solutions which are available in Africa for each field. To give a better understanding of how digital applications work in practice, interviews with inventors and implementers of digital applications complete each chapter.

New publication: an argument against drastic limitation of livestock in the food system

15-02-2022 - Can animal source foods contribute to healthy, sustainable, and ethical diets?  The freshly published article “Animal source foods in healthy, sustainable, and ethical diets - An argument against drastic limitation of livestock in the food system” tackles this question. Criticizing trajectories based on isolated and technical methodological data that portray animal source foods as harmful for the planet, the authors outline perspectives where livestock, taken in alignment with local ecosystems and social contexts, is to be considered as an important part of the solution to improve public health and environmental resilience.  Read the full article here.

ICAR lecture series

Insights from the transformation of dairy in India

10-02-2022 - The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is proposing a presentation about the Indian dairy sector development, titled “Insights From the Transformation of Dairy in India”,  as part of its series of lectures dedicated to particular topics relevant to Indian agriculture and sustainability.The speaker will be Dr Jimmy W Smith, Director at the International Livestock Research Institute, and the  lecture will take place on Thursday 17 February 2022  at 11:30 IST. 
To register and attend the event visit here

GASL webinar series

COP26: Main outcomes and implications for livestock

Wednesday 01 December 2021 – 2:00 to 3:00 pm (CET)

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) is proud to continue with its series of webinars dedicated to particular topics relevant to livestock sustainability. We are now proposing a presentation on the main outcomes and implications for livestock after the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. [Read more]

Agrilinks will dedicate the month of November to talk about Livestock and Food Systems, and they will highlight some of the roles the sector plays in transforming livelihoods. It will be a month of learning and during this period, a rich variety of professionals in the developing countries will talk about their progress and innovation. It is also a chance to discuss how livestock production can mitigate its environmental  impact through approaches that improve production efficiency, reduce disease burden, and improve access to nutritious foods. 

A knowledge sharing context is an important part of this initiative and your testimony could be an asset for the livestock community. If you would like to participate, consider drafting and submitting a blog post that highlights your work to improve livestock systems by November 20th

Please, follow the links below to learn how to register and send your post. You contribution can show how livestock provides food security for an expanding global population and how food systems all over the world have the opportunity to improve resource use efficiency.

Three publications from CATIE on silvopastoral systems in Costa Rica are available online

13-07-2021

Permanence of PES and the role of social context in the Regional Integrated Silvo-pastoral Ecosystem Management Project in Costa Rica. 

Measured ammonia emissions from tropical and subtropical pastures: A comparison with 2006 IPCC, 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC, and EMEP/EEA (European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme and European Environmental Agency) inventory estimates. 

Marginal Abatement Cost Curves for Latin American dairy production: A Costa Rica case study. [Read more]

UN FSS pre summit program and sessions

01-07-2021 - The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit will take place in Rome from 26 to 28 July 2021. The event will bring together youth, farmers, indigenous peoples, civil society, researchers, private sector, policy leaders and ministers of agriculture, environment, health, nutrition and finance, among other participants. This year the event will take a hybrid format with in-person components complemented by virtual programmes and platforms. [Read more]

GASL Webinars