XIII Meeting CODEGALAC (Comisión de Desarrollo Ganadero para América Latina y El Caribe)

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
26-27 November, 2015

CODEGALAC will be analysing this week the challenges of the Livestock Sector in Mesoamerica to consolidate its contribution to economic growth, natural resource sustainable management and hunger and rural poverty eradication. Among the 90 participants will be the ministers of agriculture of 7 countries of the region and the President of Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, who will close the meeting on November 27th.

CODEGALAC was established as a statutory body of FAO since 1986 by mandate of all its member countries, and its findings and recommendations are presented at the following FAO Regional Conference which defines regional priorities for the next biennium. The last Hispanic chapter meeting Mexico - Central America - Caribbean of the Commission corresponded to the XI CODEGALAC held in Mexico in December 2013.

LAC governments, including the Mesoamerican countries, have approved the Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Poverty Eradication 2025 in the CELAC Presidential Summit, celebrated on January 2015 in Costa Rica, and have reaffirmed the importance of mechanisms such as the following FAO regional initiatives: Support to the initiative of Latin America and the Caribbean without Hunger - RI1, Regional Initiative for Family Agriculture and Rural Territorial Development - RI2 and Improvement of Agricultural and Food Systems in the Caribbean - RI3, to contribute to the development and implementation of policies leading to the eradication of hunger and poverty in the region.

Thus, CODEGALAC becomes an instance of great relevance to the discussion of the contribution that the livestock sector will be able to make to the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting between representatives of governments and various stakeholders in the livestock sector, including responsible ones of social and environmental policies, is the best opportunity to create a space for reflection to identify and build synergies between actors at the sub-regional level for the formulation of a proposal for guidance on the contribution of livestock to the sustainable livestock development Agenda. This proposal could be adopted by the countries themselves as voluntary guidelines to promote sustainable farming in the region.