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


While the world reels from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is equally heightened awareness of another impending crisis – the climate. Recently, in particular the UN FSS, COP26 and N4G, have raised the profile of the inextricable links between food systems and the environment, particularly climate. Addressing the impacts of food production on climate and of climate change on food production are paramount in securing sustainable food and nutrition for every citizen. The actions required to address these immense challenges are as diverse as the food systems across the world, especially for the livestock sector that presents significant opportunities to advance sustainable solutions to mitigate climate change and to support climate resilience and adaptation.

The livestock sector remains a critical means of improving family income, nutrition, and women's empowerment. Because of the diversity of livestock systems and stakeholders, a multi-stakeholder process is essential to addressing the climate challenge, facilitating dialogue, catalyzing the co-creation of solutions, supporting best practices and policy change to foster livestock sustainability worldwide. The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) has provided such a multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) and this event will highlight examples related to climate action.

Currently, GASL is providing its multi-stakeholder forum to interface with new initiatives such as the Net Zero, pathways to low carbon dairy , low carbon beef and the work of its Action Network FAO-LEAP. All of them exemplify the types of changes that the global livestock sector will need to commit to in the near future. The role of multi-stakeholder processes in relation to such initiatives (present and future) is incorporated into the new 2022-2024 GASL Action Plan to deliver its vision: By 2030 sustainable, inclusive, resilient and diverse livestock systems across the world contribute significantly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN Agenda 2030 and are integral to sustainable food systems.

GASL is a partnership of multiple livestock sector stakeholders with unique global convening power and technical strength that is committed to sustainable livestock development. During the last ten years, GASL has coordinated collective and individual stakeholder policy dialogue and has become a knowledgeable and evidence-based group, needed to represent the best way forward for sustainable livestock development. GASL fosters broad and inclusive conversations about the necessary approaches to foster sustainability in livestock food value chains and beyond.

The Committee on Agriculture 27 “invited the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock to report regularly on its work to the Sub-Committee at its sessions”. The GASL vision and actions for 2022-2024 offer multiple and mutually beneficial opportunities for GASL and SCL.

Purpose of the event 

Demonstrate the opportunities for multi-stakeholder, livestock-based climate action to build on diversity to foster transformation towards more sustainable food systems.

Modality : keynote and panel discussion


  1. Opening, Shirley Tarawali, GASL Chair and Assistant Director General, ILRI
  2. Keynote: Multi-stakeholder action for effective climate action initiatives for livestock sector transformation: the case of Pathways to Dairy Net Zero, Low Carbon Beef and FAO-LEAP1, Walter Oyhantçabal, expert in climate change, Uruguay
    Walter is a consultant of the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) on UNFCCC matters; member and reviewer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and reviewer for REDD + and BUR; member of working groups of GASL and the FAO LEAP initiative, and former Director of Sustainability and Climate Change Unit of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), Uruguay
  3. Panel Discussion: key elements for effective climate action in the livestock sector (moderator: Tim McAllister, FAO LEAP Chair and Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition & Microbiology, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)2
    • Mongolia: Dr. BATMUNKH Damdindorj, Director-General of Livestock Policy Implementation and Coordination Department, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry. Knowledgeable on agriculture irrigation and wells for livestock and experienced in climate change in the livestock sector
    • Kenya: Mr. Bernard Kimoro, Head, Climate Change and Livestock Sustainability Section, State Department for Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives. Livestock Production (Ruminant Nutrition) and Climate Change Expert
    • World Farmers Organization: Ms. Katrina Sarah Milne, livestock farmer on the West Coast of New Zealand near Lake Brunner. Former President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand, she represents the Oceanian Constituency onto the Board of Directors at the World Farmers' Organisation (WFO)
    • Retail/Consumers: Mr. Chien Tran Manh, CEO at Bác Tôm, Vietnam. Bác Tôm has 20 healthy food stores in Ha Noi and Da Nang
  4. Questions and answers from the audience, Shirley Tarawali, GASL Chair
  5. Conclusions and next steps, Shirley Tarawali, GASL Chair


A strong keynote that mentions these three initiatives within a broader context of livestock sector transformation. This will highlight three dimensions of multi stakeholder processes that are unique and required for the livestock sector to undertake transformative climate action: 

  • Organizing and committing to climate action: Pathways to Dairy Net Zero 
  • Practice and policy change: Low-carbon beef, Uruguay 
  • Assessing progress through metrics: FAO-LEAP 

Panelists will not make presentations but discuss topics including: 1) what are your greatest challenges for climate action? and 2) How does an MSP process help advance/address this?  





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