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Latin American and the Caribbean Platform for Sustainable Intensification of Livestock Production


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


Platform for Sustainable Intensification of Livestock Production

Resource Mobilization



FTG/RF-14654-RG (New Zealand )


ATN/CX-14837-RG (FMAM)














Executive Summary

  • The total demand for animal source foods (ASF) at global level will increase by 70% between 2000 and 2050 due to population growth and increases in per capita consumption. Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are key for responding to the future demands due to its richness of natural resources, land availability, strong institutional frameworks and potential for developing and implementing innovations in the livestock sector.
  • However, the challenge for the region is to respond to such an increase in demand by improving livestock productivity through the rehabilitation of degraded lands and the sustainable intensification of production systems in areas with adequate conditions for livestock production. This will require the implementation of practices to overcome the constraints imposed by climate change (CC), such as: increase in temperature, shortening of the growing period, and increase in the frequency of extreme climate events (i.e., droughts, flooding), while conserving the natural resources and minimizing negative externalities such as greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.
  • At global level, livestock production is being questioned by several actors for its contribution to global warming (about 15%). Therefore, there is an urgent need to assess and promote livestock production strategies with low GHG total and per unit emissions, while increasing productivity and contributing to the adaptation and mitigation to climate change.
  • In LAC, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay, are among the leaders in creating and promoting the legal and institutional policy frameworks and other interventions for enabling the development of sustainable, competitive and low GHG emission production in the livestock sector.
  • Several institutions in LAC have made substantial progress in developing innovations for sustainable intensification of livestock production. For example, CATIE has been the pioneer and leader in the generation of silvopastoral technologies (SSP), as well as in measuring and valuing ecosystem services in livestock systems and emissions from these systems. CIAT is leading the evaluation and promotion of forage technologies for improving animal productivity and reducing GHG emissions in the tropics. Other institutions such as INIFAP and ECOSUR in Mexico and CIPAV in Colombia are working on developing integrated animal production systems for the tropics, whereas INTA in Argentina and the INIAs in Uruguay and Chile have developed technologies for increasing productivity, reducing greenhouse gases emissions (GHG), and adapting methodologies for measuring GHG emissions in the temperate areas of Latin America. Also, the UADY in Mexico has developed expertise in measuring GHG emissions in tropical livestock systems. On the other hand, EMBRAPA in Brazil and CORPOICA in Colombia have developed and tested animal genotypes that are more productive and tolerant to the prevailing heat stress in the tropics, a key intervention for climate change adaptation.

At the global scale, the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) was initiated to provide a framework for voluntary action to increase cooperation and investment in research, development and extension of technologies and practices that will help deliver ways to produce more food in more climate-resilient food systems, without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Given the scarcity of resources and clear overlaps in priorities, it is timely to establish a common and coordinated regional agenda for research, innovation and policy development, and knowledge sharing, on the sustainable intensification of livestock production in LAC. Such an effort should consider the diverse agro ecological, socioeconomic and policy conditions found in the region and the challenges imposed by climate change.
  • It is proposed the establishment of a Latin American and Caribbean Platform to serve as a regional hub of the Global Research Alliance’s Livestock Research Group, contributing to the implementation of the GRA’s activities, including its Flagship Projects; support the implementation of a possible CCAC Phase II Enteric Fermentation Hub being proposed by the FAO and NZAGRC; and integrate relevant existing and future projects of FONTAGRO and other partners.
  • The Platform will gather, analyze, develop, share and disseminate information available on innovations for the sustainable intensification of livestock systems considering climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, among different stakeholders in the public and private sectors in participating countries. Also, the platform will provide means by which participating countries and institutions can seek and mobilize resources for the implementation of a common regional agenda for promoting an efficient livestock sector with reduced GHG emissions.
Proyecto madre:

Climate Technology Transfer Mechanisms and Networks in Latin America and The Caribbean

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
Articulación de la Plataforma

The executing agency of this initiative is the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE ).

CATIE will act as a coordinator of the platform. A Steering Committee will be established to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate network activities. There will be three types of members: a) country representatives, b) grassroots organizations, and c) representatives of donors and cooperating agencies. The Steering Committee will meet once a year and periodic consultations will be done electronically.

At the meeting in Costa Rica in April 2016, the following composition was proposed: CATIE, IICA, FONTAGRO, GRA, Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand, ILRI, INTA Costa Rica (representing Central America), UNALM Peru (representing the Andean Region), INIA Uruguay (representing the Southern Cone), Heifer International, and other funding agencies. After the first two years, it is proposed to renovate the composition of the sub regional representatives and the grassroots organizations in the steering committee, as well as incorporate representatives of other stakeholders.

Antecedentes y Justificación

The platform will be established with relevant stakeholders (i.e. research institutions, universities, government agencies, NGOs, farmers´ associations, as well as other private sector national and regional organizations, i.e. FECALAC, FEPALE, FARM-MercoSur, and international organizations. i.e. CIAT).
To that effect, a group of 30 managers and researchers from 14 member countries of FONTAGRO and representatives of other organizations and non-member countries got together in Turrialba, Costa Rica on April 26, 2016 and agreed on the creation of this platform. Participants selected CATIE as the coordinator of the platform, proposed the creation of a Steering Committee to advance the initiative, and requested FONTAGRO support to implement the platform.

This initiative builds on and complements a number of existing projects:
a) Projects co-funded by FONTAGRO and the New Zealand Government: “Improvement of Livestock Systems with emphasis on Dairy in the Andean Region, within the context of Climate Change (IICA-UNA La Molina, and partners in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia)”; “Development of Competitive Low GHG Emission Livestock Production Systems in Central America (CATIE and Central American partners)”, and “Climate Change and Beef Cattle Production: Quantification and Mitigation of Methane and Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Grazing Beef Cattle (INIA-Uruguay, INTA-Argentina, INIA-Chile, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and INIAF-Dominican Republic)”.

b) FONTAGRO projects on “Sustainable Intensification of Dairy Systems (INIA-Uruguay and various LAC partners)”, and “Increasing livestock productivity and soils quality while reducing GHG emissions in LAC: use of legumes in grazing systems (PROCISUR, INTA-Argentina, INIA-Chile, INIA-Uruguay, IPTA-Paraguay)”. A project implemented by FONTAGRO which is co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and IDB entitled “Mechanisms to Transfer Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation”.
1.13 This initiative is consistent with the agreements established in on-going projects co-financed by FONTAGRO with New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, as well as with the GEF/IDB. In those projects funds have been approved for the strengthening of technical capacities and networking, and therefore they will be used to implement the first years of the business plan. Additional funding will be provided by other sources and CATIE will lead efforts to mobilize additional resources.

Fin del proyecto

The general objective is to develop a platform to network key public and private stakeholders with interest in promoting the sustainable intensification of livestock production systems and value chains in LAC as a global strategy for adaption to and mitigation of climate change.

The Specific Objectives of the platform are:
a) To develop and facilitate a coordinated regional agenda for research and development of livestock production technologies and practices for adaptation to climate change, while minimizing GHG emissions;
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b) To facilitate knowledge sharing within the LAC region by documenting and disseminating success stories of sustainable intensification of livestock production systems for climate change adaptation and mitigation;
c) To strengthen the capacities of key stakeholders (public and private) in the livestock sector to address adaptation to and mitigation of climate change impacts in the livestock sector;
d) To contribute to the formulation and dissemination of policies on sustainable intensification of livestock production systems in LAC and in the global fora, and
e) To jointly seek and mobilize resources to support the above activities.

Identificación de Beneficiarios Finales

Direct beneficiaries of the project in LAC will be at least:
• 150 researchers and lecturers working on sustainable livestock production;
• 400 extension staff and technical assistance providers;
• 1000 graduate and undergraduate students majoring in animal production, veterinary, environmental and soil sciences;
• 10 farmers´ organizations; and
• 20 policy makers and institutions using the tools and information generated through the Platform.

Indirect beneficiaries will be at least:
• 4000 livestock farmers and workers in different nodes of the livestock value chains; and
• other private and public organizations involved on livestock systems, marketing and processing of ASF products, and other related topics.


COMPONENT 2. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS (Total cost $90,000). This component will facilitate knowledge sharing on livestock production technologies to adapt to climate change while generating low-GHG emissions. It will document and disseminate methodologies and success stories of climate change adaptation and mitigation for the sustainable intensification of livestock.
COMPONENT 3. CAPACITY BUILDING. This component aims at strengthening capacities among public and private stakeholders by diagnosing needs and opportunities for capacity building on sustainable livestock production systems. Training materials for workshops and online courses will be developed.
COMPONENT 4. POLICY DESIGN (Total cost $55,000). This component aims at developing policies that promote the sustainable intensification of livestock production systems in LAC, as well as organizing public-private rounds tables among stakeholder to agree on policies and actions.
COMPONENT 5: RESOURCE MOBILIZATION. This component aims at preparing and negotiating regional proposals for the scaling-up of successful experiences in the region.

Actividades y Metodología

Activity 1.1. State of the art report on research and development in the areas of sustainable intensification of livestock systems under climate change, identifying research gaps and challenges for innovation.
Activity 1.2. Survey of research programs and themes of NARS and Universities and regional centers- analysis to identify overlaps and synergies.
Activity 1.3. Workshops with key institutions and actors in the region to develop a coordinated research agenda, plan for implementation, and review progress.
Activity 2.1. Design and maintain a regional database on sustainable livestock production technologies, practices and innovations to adapt and mitigate climate change in LAC.
Activity 2.2. Organization of fora and other side events to promote information exchange on low GHG emission intensive livestock systems among private and public stakeholders.
Activity 2.3. Design and maintenance of a webpage on the topic.
Activity 3.1. Diagnosis of needs and opportunities for strengthening capacity on sustainable livestock production systems for different stakeholders in the platform.
Activity 3.2. Development of training materials for workshop and online courses on the topics relevant to the platform members interest.
Activity 3.3. Implementation of workshops and online training of trainers courses on sustainable intensification of livestock systems.
Activity 4.1. Design of policies briefs based on best experiences and practices on sustainable intensification of livestock production systems in LAC.
Activity 4.2. Organization of public-private round tables for the promotion of enabling policies for sustainable livestock production in LAC.
Activity 5.1. Alignment of participating countries’ and institutions’ research agendas.
Activity 5.2. Preparation and negotiation of regional proposals for the scaling-up of successful experiences in the region.

Productos y Resultados Esperados

Expected results are:
1. A platform established to facilitate dialogue between scientists, policy makers, academicians, development agents, farmers´ organizations and other stakeholder in order to generate common agendas, and for delivering research products that could be applied by the end-users;
2. Active sharing of information and novel approaches, tools and methodologies for the development and validation of innovations – utilizing all relevant existing conferences and fora, including GRA, GALA , annual FONTAGRO technical meetings, GASL, CCAC, ALPA, etc.
3. Joint proposals prepared to seek funding support from national governments, regional and international institutions, and backstopping provided to institutional members;
4. Researchers, extension staff and faculty in the participating institutions better prepared to deal with the new approaches of sustainable intensification of livestock systems;
5. The university curricula for animal and veterinary sciences incorporated concepts and methodological approaches for sustainable intensification of livestock production under climate change;
6. Policy makers at national and regional level, as well as networks (i.e., PROCITROPICOS, PROCISUR, FORAGRO, SE-CAC, CAS), using policy briefs produced, as well as the knowledge available in the platform for planning and implementing strategies and programs to accelerate the adoption of practices for the sustainable intensification of low-GHG emission livestock production, including for example the formulation of proposals for Livestock NAMAs.
7. Extension and technical assistance staff, farmers leaders and other value chain actors using the information available in the platform for the design and implementation of good practices for adaptation to climate change and mitigation of GHG emissions, as well as the sustainable intensification of livestock production;
8. Private sector companies (including transnationals, i.e., Nestle, McDonalds), and consumers become aware of and assign additional value to ASF products coming from livestock systems with lower GHG emissions.

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