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Regional platform for sustainable intensification of livestock


Cambio Climático Ganadería


Argentina Bolivia Chile Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador España Honduras Nicaragua Nueva Zelanda Panamá Paraguay Perú República Dominicana Uruguay Venezuela

Fuente de Financiamiento: fontagro
Monto Solicitado (US$): 60000
Monto de Contrapartida (US$):
Monto total (US$):
Plazo de Ejecución (meses): 20
Resumen Ejecutivo

In the last 50 years the demand for animal proteins in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has increased due to population growth, improvements in income and urbanization. Additionally, LAC is a net exporter of livestock products and contributes with 30% of global demand for meat. Unfortunately, in most cases the expansion of pastures has been at the expense of the forest. Additionally, it is estimated that livestock contributes with 18% of the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG). On the other hand, livestock is critical for food security and the livelihood of family farmers. By 2050, it is estimated that the demand for livestock products will continue to increase, so it is urgent to sustainably intensify livestock production, increasing productivity and reducing GHG emissions.

WebstoryIn order to promote cooperation between the countries of the region in the sustainable intensification of livestock, a group of countries with the support of FONTAGRO, New Zealand, the IDB and the GEF established a platform. It is coordinated by CATIE and has been operating since 2017. Its specific objectives are: a) Develop and facilitate a regional research and development agenda, b) Facilitate the exchange of knowledge, c) Strengthen the capacities of the main actors, d) Contribute to the formulation of enabling policies for the sustainable intensification of livestock and e) Join efforts to mobilize resources to address these issues.
The platform has made significant progress on the objectives set, including the development of a regional agenda, documenting successful experiences, the organization of training, and the establishment of strategies and mechanisms for knowledge management.


Resource Mobilization




FTG/RF-14654-RG (New Zealand )


ATN/CX-14837-RG (FMAM)














  • The platform links more than 600 members from 25 countries.
  • 367 publications were reviewed identifying technologies and good practices of sustainable intensification in pasture management, silvopastoral options, animal genotypes, feeding, reproduction and health. Ten innovations with high potential for adaptation to climate change were identified, 9 applicable to family farming. Also priority areas were identified: practical methodologies for estimating emissions, fodder species that reduce methanogenesis, more digestible foods, excreta management, economic impact of pollution and mitigation, models for Life Cycle Analysis.
  • Four Webinars and five virtual courses (silvopastoral options, intensification strategies, GHG measurement methodologies, innovations for family farming and enabling conditions) were carried out, benefiting 483 professionals (178 women and 305 men) from 18 countries.
  • Based on the review of livestock policies in 19 LAC countries, a policy brief was prepared with recommendations for policy formulation to increase productivity and lower the intensity of GHG emissions: pursual of intersectoral approaches, public-private articulation, and use of knowledge based on focused and well-documented experiences.



It is estimated that more than 600 scientists, professionals, policy makers, producers and entrepreneurs from more tan 25 countries have benefitted directly from platform activities. Through the Webinars and online courses, an equivalent of 483 professionals (178 women and 305 men) have been trained on priority issues for the sustainable intensification of livestock.

Indirectly, it is estimated that more than 3000 people will potentially benefit from platform activities, including scientists, professionals, policy makers, producers and entrepreneurs in the region.


Organismo Ejecutor
1. Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)
Organismos Co-ejecutores
Organismos Asociados
1. Fondo Regional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (FONTAGRO) - Washington, DC, United States
Documentos Asociados
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