The Brasilia Consensus

First Global Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Sustainable Livestock

Brasília, Brasil - May 17 to 20, 2011

This first meeting brought together nearly 70 representatives from all stakeholder groupings to discuss and agree the objectives, the priorities and the conceptual framework for a Global Agenda of Action to address the sector’s sustainability.

Participants agreed on the Brasilia Consensus which sets the vision, mission, and functions of the Agenda.

They specifically agreed that: (i) the initial focus of a GAA is on the livestock’s sector natural resource use, incorporating the appropriate social and health aspects; (ii) the nature of a GAA is open, consensual, action-oriented, and multi-stakeholder; and (iii) the functions of a GAA are analysis, information, capacity building, piloting, and advocacy.  

Vision: “Sustainable livestock sector development which contributes to food and nutritional security - in a context of rapidly growing demand and resource scarcity -, enhances its contribution to broad-based economic growth, livelihoods and wellbeing of actors in the livestock sector, uses natural resources efficiently, recognizes regional diversity, and contributes to the health and welfare of human and animal populations.”

Mission : “A Global Agenda of Action supports improved resource use in the livestock sector resulting from changing practices by stakeholders; and adoption by the public and private sector, of guidance and recommendations to make livestock food value chains more sustainable.

The meeting was organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food  Supply and the FAO, and hosted by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation ( EMBRAPA) and the Agriculture and Livestock Confederation of Brazil (CNA).