Successful Joint Global Agenda-LEAP- CFS

Side Event, 20 October: Partnerships for Sustainable Livestock Development

The Global Agenda and LEAP organized a joint panel discussion during the CFS week. The eloquent testimonies of Michael and Marguerite Crowley, two dairy farmers from Ireland; Jean-Baptiste Dollé, Chief researcher from the Environment Department at Idele, French Livestock Institute, France; Ivannia Quesada, the Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Livestock from Costa Rica; Thomas Cherenet, the Advisor to the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries of Ethiopia; and Khalid Khawaldeh, Pastoralist representative, World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples, Jordan made this event a real success. Fritz Schneider, Chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock and Camillo De Camillis, Manager of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance LEAP Partnership opened the meeting with short briefings on their respective partnerships.

This event demonstrated how multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Global Agenda can make a difference in setting up inclusive sustainable development pathways for joint and cohesive action that tackles the sustainability challenges united.

The Irish farmers from the Carbery Greener Dairy Farms™ initiative, showcased a concrete application of LEAP guidelines. Measurements are taken at farm level while extension services process conduct assessments accordingly to identify suitable actions to be taken leading to both environmental and economic benefits. The farmers showed how their income has been growing over the past years and manifested trust in the work that Ireland is doing with FAO through the LEAP Partnership.

A similar co-benefit approach currently being adopted on-voluntary basis in France was presented. LEAP guidelines are being used in support of two low-carbon farming initiatives involving 4,000 dairy farms and 2,000 beef farms. Applying the LEAP guidelines, improvement options are being identified and greenhouse gas emissions substantially cut.

Costa Rica was shown as the front runner in this field. The building blocks of the low-carbon farming livestock strategy initiative enforced in 140 farms in Costa Rica were illustrated.

The event also presented the sustainability challenges faced by Ethiopia and pastoralists in Jordan. While Ethiopia is supporting agri-business to boost trade, pastoralists are often suffering from land privatization, which prevents their mobility and threaten their livelihood.