9th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting - Innovation for Sustainable Livestock Systems

Campus of Kansas State University

9-12 September 2019, Manhattan, Kansas USA

The 9th annual Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) Meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) was held on 9-12 September 2019 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA, devoted to the theme of "Innovation for Sustainable Livestock Systems".

To meet rising demand, livestock agrifood systems are being transformed through combinations of expansion, intensification, structural transformation and increases in trade and movement of inputs, live animals and products. These changes have greatly increased production and productivity but also give rise to concerns about sustainability in a number of areas. Furthermore, the benefits and risks associated with livestock agrifood systems are highly context-specific, with diverse livestock agrifood systems playing different roles, facing different trajectories and posing different risks depending on their economic, social and environmental settings. Moving further towards sustainable livestock agrifood systems is complex because of this diversity, and the many synergies and trade-offs across different domains. This calls for innovative integrated solutions and firm commitment for action from all stakeholders.

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock is committed to take up this challenge. The 9th MSP Meeting attendees had the opportunity to network, learn, share research and experiences, and help foster dialogues to address livestock sustainability at the regional and global level. Presentations, panels, posters, field tours, and discussion throughout the week focused on the theme of Innovation for Sustainable Livestock Systems, highlighting examples from throughout the world of innovative solutions to address sustainable livestock production and agrifood systems.


Background papers on Sustainability Domains

FOUR BACKGROUND PAPERS, one on each of the four domains of sustainability (Food and nutrition security; Livelihoods and economic growth; Animal health and welfare; Climate and natural resource use), were prepared in advance of the MSP meeting to guide and inform the policy discussions. The papers have been written by teams of eminent scientists specialized in each of those fields and have already been through a peer-review process. Registered workshop participants and other interested parties had the opportunity to read the papers in advance of the MSP meeting and provide feedback.