Joint proyects
USD 139.840
Counterpart Amount:
USD 500.000
Execution time
42 Months
Total Amount:
USD 868.000
Participating countries:
Peru Peru Bolivia Bolivia Colombia Colombia Ecuador Ecuador
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 16% Other agencies 26% Counterpart Amount 58%

Executive Summary

This project aimed to improve methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions quantification techniques. Furthermore, it intended to generate strategies to help mitigate these emissions in dual-purpose livestock in the Andean Region.

This project was structured in five components.

  • The first one consisted of biophysical and socioeconomic characterization of dairy production sites.
  • In a second one, CH4 and N2O emissions were evaluated in production systems (traditional and improved).
  • The third one evaluated feeding strategies to enhance milk production systems and to reduce their emissions.
  • Followed by the development of gas mitigation scenarios for pilot sites.
  • Finally, improvements in research capacities in CH4 and N2O and contribution to public policies.


Livestock feeding improvements such as non-structural carbohydrates reductions and/or higher dietary protein resulted in greater milk  yield per day and  lesser CH4emissions per liter of milk. 

Improved systems had greater milk yield per lactation (2,369 vs. 1,990 kg/lactation) and lower cost of production (0.29 vs. 0.21 $/kg) compared to the traditional ones. Furthermore, CH4 emission per liter of milk was lower in improved systems than in traditional systems (29 vs. 44 g CH4/kg of milk). Hence, feed with lower structural carbohydrates and greater crude protein contents helped to reduce enteric fermentation and enhance milk production.


  • 1 new facility for methane quantification (Corpoica, Colombia)
  • 1 new facility for quantification of methane and nitrous oxide (UNALM, Peru)
  • 51 professionals trained 
  • 6 graduate level theses

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Good health and well-being Sustainable cities and communities Responsible consumption and production Climate action

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA) - Perú
  • Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (CORPOICA) - Colombia
  • Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agropecuaria y Forestal (INIAF) - Bolivia
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) - Ecuador
  • Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM) - Perú

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With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)