Webinar: Leveraging Livestock to Combat Malnutrition: Perspectives from East Africa

02-07-2021 - The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Land O’Lakes Venture37 announce the launching of a webinar series that is designed to explore the role of livestock in bringing solutions that enhance human nutrition and food security.
The first webinar, titled "Leveraging Livestock to Combat Malnutrition: Perspectives from East Africa", will take place online on Wednesday July 7 at 9 am Eastern Standard Time (USA) and 4 pm East Africa Time.
Join experts as they discuss the important role of milk, meat, and eggs in the human diet, including:

  • Lora Iannotti, Associate Professor, Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Getnet Assefa, Senior Technical Services Support Livestock Specialist, Venture37
  • Joachim Balakana, National Coordinator of Land O'Lakes Venture37 Tanzania, Technical Lead of Dairy Nourishes Africa Tanzania Pilot Project
  • Isabelle Baltenweck, Program Leader, Policy, Institutions, and Livelihoods, ILRI
  • David Harvey, Technical Director, Venture37
  • Emily Ouma, Agriculture Economist, ILRI
  • Tadesse Zerfu, Public Health Specialist and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security (GAAFS) of the University of Edinburgh, UK

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“Is The UK Ready For Plant-Based Diets?” a food security report

30-03-2021 - Plant-based diets are on the rise in the United Kingdom and a quarter of people are adopting meat-reduced diets for environmental and animal welfare reasons. However, this trend poses important questions on whether the UK food system is ready to adapt to changing consumer demands for plant-based products in a way that promotes public health, environmental sustainability, economic growth, and social justice.
A group of researchers for the Global Food Security Programme addresses these questions in the report “Is The UK Ready For Plant-Based Diets?".
The work, accessible here, is informed by a diverse spectrum of experts and stakeholders for evidence and recommendations backed by successful case-studies and explores risks as well as opportunities for food systems and agricultural policy.

GASL stakeholders’ consultation on major events and activities related to sustainable livestock in 2021

26-03-2021 - In order to foster coordinated action and support potential synergies, the GASL Secretariat has conducted a consultation among GASL organizations  to get an indication on the planning or involvement of activities in relation to relevant events and topics for sustainable livestock in 2021. The following table presents major events, organizations involvement and contact details [click here].

HealthforAnimals is a new GASL partner

15-03-2021 - HealthforAnimals is the global animal health association, representing manufacturers of veterinary medicines and other health products such as vaccines, diagnostics, nutritional supplements, digital technologies, parasiticides, and antibiotics. The partner’s members believe animals will be at the center of the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, and improving their care offers an opportunity to accelerate efforts on key SDGs... [read more]

The Animal Task Force seminar on livestock and biodiversity

15 March 2021 - In view of the UN’s aim to develop a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the Animal Task Force organizes the virtual seminar "What livestock has to offer to biodiversity and healthy soils" on 21 April, 9:30-12:30 CET.
The seminar's aim is to explore the different pathways to support animal production’s role in biodiversity conservation and to address how research and innovation can support the livestock sector in the task.
The event will bring together farmers, industries, scientists, policymakers, and actors across civil society to discuss and examine all the possible links and interactions of livestock with biodiversity protection.
The full program of the event is available here and the registration form here.

Webinar: Net Zero, Pathways to Low Carbon Dairy

Four GASL partners, the Global Dairy Platform, the International Dairy Federation, the International Livestock Research Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organization, hosted a webinar on the initiative "Net Zero, Pathways to Low Carbon Dairy” on 24 February.
During the event, partners discussed ways to promote and operationalize desired pathways to low carbon dairy and possible forms of engagement for GASL stakeholders and wider communities.
Watch the webinar here. At the request of some stakeholders, the Q&A session after the presentations is not included in this recording. 

Communiqué of the 2021 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture:

GASL and LEAP are key research and technology-transfer cooperation networks for tackling food insecurity and climate change

On 22 January 2021, the 76 Ministers’ delegations participating in the  Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), themed  “How to feed the world in times of pandemics and climate change?”, expressed on a communiqué their support to the role of  global cooperation to strengthen the sustainability of agri-food systems. As the world population grows and hunger and malnutrition persist, the communiqué focused on the need to significantly strengthen cross-sectoral, multilateral cooperation and solidarity for access to food, preservation of the planet and prevention of future pandemics. Read more

Good Practices on SDG Implementation: Inspiring Examples to Drive Change

Join UN DESA on 2 December 2020 at 9:00 (EST) for the online event "Good Practices on SDG Implementation - Inspiring Examples to Drive Change."  The webinar will provide an opportunity to hear about exemplary SDG Good Practices, including their main achievements and how identified solutions could be scaled up to support the Decade of Action, including in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists: A Mongolian proposal to the UN for 2026

During the 27th Session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG27) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) delegates discussed, among other important items, the proposal by the Government of Mongolia to establish the observance of an International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP)in 2026. More than 50 governments and 150 organizations expressed their support to the proposal, which was endorsed by COAG on 2 October 2020 and will be further considered for approval at the next session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.  

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Cultivate Africa Dialogue on partnerships for resilient food systems

The virtual conference “Galvanizing partnerships for promoting resilient agriculture and food systems in Africa in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic” organized by the Cultivate Africa Dialogue initiative of the African Union is taking place on 17 and 18 November 2020.  The event will be an opportunity for GASL stakeholders to further explore the interconnected challenges to the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Agriculture Industry in Africa, with a view of providing effective solutions. A broad range of stakeholders will incorporate diverse perspectives and facilitate an interactive dialogue. 
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The government of Mongolia calls for an UN-designated International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists at the 2020 Committee on Agriculture

Rangelands cover over half of the Earth’s surface and are critical for the socio-economic wellbeing of 500 million pastoralists as well as for challenging climate and food security solutions. The government of Mongolia is advocating for the UN to declare the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) at the 2020 meeting of the Committee on Agriculture. The IYRP will contribute for increasing awareness and global attention towards the key role of pastoralists and rangelands in the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Find interesting sources and more information on rangelands and pastoralist in support of the call for an UN-designated IYRP here.

The 2020 GASL Online MSP Meetings left important reflections and tasks for GASL stakeholders

The GASL virtual MSP meetings took place from 31 August to 18 September 2020 and had eight regional components with more than 600 registrations and 400 participations, including more than 50 persons (Guiding Group and Action Network members, GASL partners and others) involved in the organization and conduction of the meetings. The regions successfully organized and engaged regional components and actors from GASL Clusters and Action Networks and other livestock stakeholders. [Read more]  [Explore the documents]

Shirley Tarawali, the new Chair of GASL 2020-2022

The selection of the Chair for GASL is a process with several steps: a FAO public vacancy announcement, the reception of applications, the screening of the long list, the short-listed candidates, the nomination of the three finalists by the GASL Guiding Group, the debate of the finalists and the final selection of the Chair by the Guiding Group. After a lively debate with candidate Fabiana Villa Alves, Embrapa Shirley Tarawali, ILRI, was elected by consensus by the GASL Guiding Group. [Read more]

Event: SDG 2 and “building back better” - contributions of working livestock

Often small-scale farmers are still largely invisible in policy and programming and in international forums. Nevertheless,  global food security crucially relies on these forms of farming. 

In the occasion of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 47): ‘SDG 2 and “building back better” - contributions of working livestock, the Brooke and the African Union Intra-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AUIBAR) organize a virtual event on 10 February, 2 – 3.30 pm (UK time), to discuss small-scale farmers’ key role.

The event will bring together experts from across the global civil society, multilateral organisztions and academia to critically examine the role of working livestock in food security through a gender lens, and make recommendations for policy and practice.  

Registration is free and open at  thebrooke.org/food-security-event.

Webinar series: Assessing resilience in the livestock sector - of what, to what and for whom?

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated livestock’s significant capacity for resilience in times of crisis. This  webinar aims at initiating the discussion of resilience within the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock focusing on the relationship between animal health and production, livelihoods, climate change and COVID-19.

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Antimicrobials in livestock: from scrutiny to action in low-income countries

The Livestock Antimicrobial Partnership (LAMP), an Action Network of GASL, hosted by SLU Global arranged on 17 November a webinar about antimicrobial use and resistance in the livestock sector in low-income countries. With more than 250 registrations from all over the world, the virtual event brought together technical experts from the World Bank, CGIAR, VSF, OIE, FAO and SLU to share their knowledge in six keynote presentations. The discussions provided an informed foundation for exploring ways towards a more medically rational and responsible use of antimicrobials in the livestock sector in low-income countries. 

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Animal welfare supporting sustainable production

 27 January 2021

Our first webinar Series event of 2021 looks at the roles of  animal welfare to address key challenges for livestock in the future: sustainable production and antimicrobial use. A range of qualified experts from different sectors will discuss policy action in sustainable production on how animal welfare can be used to tackle important livestock challenges.

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The Poultry Solution: Delivering More and Better Outcomes for Southern Africa Countries

On 24 November at 10:30 CET, join the Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good session – The Poultry Solution: Delivering More and Better Outcomes for Southern Africa Countries, organized by 

the Bain & Company in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU). The discussion is part of the 2-day pre-UN Food Systems Summit 2021, an event building towards the Summit. 

Antimicrobials in livestock: from scrutiny to action in low-income countries

November 2020

The Livestock Antimicrobial Partnership (LAMP), an Action Network of GASL, hosted by SLU Global arranged on 17 November a webinar about antimicrobial use and resistance in the livestock sector in low-income countries. With more than 250 registrations from all over the world, the virtual event brought together technical experts from the World Bank, CGIAR, VSF, OIE, FAO and SLU to share their knowledge in six keynote presentations. The discussions provided an informed foundation for exploring ways towards a more medically rational and responsible use of antimicrobials in the livestock sector in low-income countries.  

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Cultivate Africa Dialogue on partnerships for resilient food systems

October 2020

The virtual conference “Galvanizing partnerships for promoting resilient agriculture and food systems in Africa in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic” organized by the Cultivate Africa Dialogue initiative of the African Union is taking place on 17 and 18 November 2020. 

The event will be an opportunity for GASL stakeholders to further explore the interconnected challenges to the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Agriculture Industry in Africa, with a view of providing effective solutions. A broad range of stakeholders will incorporate diverse perspectives and facilitate an interactive dialogue. 

Yolda Initiative, the new partner of GASL

October 2020

Yolda Initiative is a nature conservation organisation working at international level for conserving biodiversity through research, advocacy, communication and by working in partnerships. Recognizing that humans, with their cultural diversity, are an integral component of ecosystems, Yolda focuses on the value of the traditional production systems, particularly mobile pastoralism in its many different forms all over the world, that benefit not only biodiversity and climate change mitigation & adaptation efforts but also multiple SDGs. Read more

GASL welcomes Fondazione Filiera Italia as a new partner

June 2020

The Italian agri-food sector identifies itself worldwide as a single and integrated model which is sustainable and highly efficient and innovative. Filiera Italia was created in response to the requirement for a single representation of this extraordinary reality, which can finally be considered as united and with a single voice at domestic and international meetings, thus overcoming the limits of the current divisions in terms of representation. Read more here.