- Workshop: Turning the Agenda into Concrete Action
- Workshop for the Focus Area “Restoring value to grasslands”
- Workshop for the Focus Area “Reduced discharge”
- Workshop for the Focus Area “Closing the efficiency gap”
- Interim Preparatory Committee Meetings
- Third Global Multi-Stakeholder Meeting: Nairobi
- Second Global Multi-Stakeholder Meeting: Phuket
- First Global Multi-Stakeholder Meeting: Brasilia
Third Multi-stakeholder platform meeting
Nairobi, Kenya - January 22 to 24, 2013
The Agenda’s third Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) meeting was organized by the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources, the International Livestock Research Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from 22 to 24 (25th optional field visit programme) January 2013.
The meeting brought together over one hundred international participants from all stakeholder groupings. The meeting was an additional constituting milestone for the Agenda, and entailed a mixture of information and networking events, as well as working sessions to refine action programmes and the operational modalities for the further development of the Agenda. During the meeting, stakeholders further refined the programmes for each of these three Focus Areas:
Closing the Efficiency Gap: A large number of the world’s producers rely on practices that are inefficient in their use of natural resources. The wider application of proven but not yet widely used technologies can generate large production and efficiency gains as well as environmental benefits.
Preliminary activities under this focus area in support of the building of the Agenda aim to develop a better understanding of resource use and resource constraints in the livestock sector. Ongoing scoping activities, building on work of several organizations, will illustrate and quantify efficiency gaps, and identify countries, regions, production systems where large potential to achieve social, environmental and economic gains exists. Pilot projects and the possibility to assess the environmental impact of livestock development projects are also being explored.
Restoring Value to Grasslands: The current widespread neglect of grasslands results in a high incidence of poverty in many marginal areas, but also in low productivity of land and livestock, and widespread degradation of land, water and biodiversity resources. Appropriately managed grazing land and supportive institutional and policy frameworks can provide large benefits in the form of carbon sequestration, protection of water services and biodiversity, but also enhance productivity and livelihoods.
Preliminary activities focus on the establishment of networks to synthesize information on non-market benefits of grassland restoration, an assessment of global grassland C sequestration potential, and the development of a carbon accounting methodology for grasslands to be validated in 2013. Many additional activities are foreseen such as an analysis of integrated landscape management practices and of policies and market mechanisms for grassland restoration and management.
Towards Zero discharge: The management of livestock manure has become increasingly important to reduce the environmental impact of intensive and confined pig and dairy production systems. Recovering nutrients and energy contained in animal manure will not only stop pollution but also improve public health. Recycled nutrients help soil fertility and substitute for mineral fertilizer. Recovered energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions and substitutes fossil fuel.
Preliminary activities aim to obtain better information on manure production and management through the preparation of a global inventory of the production of NPK in manures, current manure management practices, actual use of manure as fertilizer and associated nutrient balances. This information will thereafter be used to target and prioritize the development of planning tools and regulatory and incentive frameworks to support viable manure management and create opportunities for recycling.
Stakeholders also agreed an initial Agenda set-up, which will stay in place until the next multi-stakeholder platform meeting. It consists of: i) an open Multi-stakeholder Platform for consensus building on priority issues and actions; ii) a Support Group for the building of the Agenda; iii) a Guiding Group for overall direction, and activities’ guidance and monitoring; and iv) Focus area groups to implement the work programmes.
The official launch of the Agenda is currently scheduled for June 2013.
- Taking the long livestock view
- Livestock Sector Trends and Development Issues
- Focus Area 1: Closing the efficiency Gap
- Focus Area 2: Restoring value to grassland
- Focus Area 3: Towards zero discharge
- Nairobi Panel Focus Questions
- Linking Herders to Carbon Markets
- New findings on soil C sequestration potential of the world’s grasslands
- Due diligence to livelihoods and biodiversity in the Agenda
- LiFLoD Proposals of action
- LiFLoD concept paper
- Humane sustainable agriculture: Farm animal welfare and livestock sector development
- Uplifting Extensive Grazing Systems: Livelihoods for resilience in the Horn of Africa
- Maasai pastoralists’ current situation in Tanzania
- Changing Pastoralism with Settlement of Herders in China
- Sustainable livestock production - The role of sustainable pastoralism
- Remunerating environmental services from yak production in Bhutan
- Beef Sustainability Project
- A South African perspective on issues of importance for a sustainable livestock strategy
- Significance of common property resources in the context of the Agenda
- The role of small scaled livestock keepers while working on sustainable livestock production agenda
- Generating carbon credits from the Kenyan dairy industry: A pilot study