8th GASL MSP Meeting - Towards Sustainability, Livestock on the Move

The 8th GASL Global MSP Meeting took place in Mongolia, 11-15 June 2018. Around 250 participants from all continents addressed global livestock sector sustainability. The chosen topic for the meeting - “livestock on the move” – related to the dynamics of the sector in a rapidly changing environment, and also to the ever-increasing movements of sector elements. These include, for example, seasonal animal movements towards feed resources; movement and trade of inputs to production and of products; and flow of nutrients, carbon microorganisms and value addition. Livestock on the move will be discussed under four themes of sustainability:

  • food and nutrition security
  • livelihoods and growth
  • health and animal welfare
  • climate and natural resource use

Accepting the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030 as the reference frame, the MSP discussions in Mongolia mapped how GASL can continue to deliver through its Clusters and Action Networks in view of recent emerging opportunities for the livestock sector. These include the 25th FAO Committee of Agriculture (COAG), 23rd UNCCC Conference of Parties (COP), and the 10th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) and the Summary of the recommendations of the regional commissions of the FAO regional conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in March 2018.

Each of these high level political fora has resulted in resolutions to increase the sustainability of the global livestock sector. At national and regional levels the MSP meeting addressed the importance of mobile herding and alternative modalities to foster sustainable, low-carbon livestock production in the framework of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, linked to specific SDG targets related to livestock.