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Nicaragua reactivates research and innovation team to boost sustainable livestock

  • CATIE will provide technical support to the team and will coordinate with different NGOs that are willing to contribute to the promotion of sustainable livestock in that country

October 10, 2017. Considering the importance that the livestock sector has in Nicaragua, the Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA in its Spanish acronym) with the support of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), organized a workshop involving various stakeholders in the livestock sector aiming to reactivate the livestock research and innovation team (known in Spanish as EIG), as well as identifying the barriers and mitigation actions the sector can take to achieve the development of sustainable livestock in the country.

According to Diego Tobar, a researcher of CATIE's Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program (PRAGA), this team will coordinate actions to encourage livestock reconversion in Nicaragua and will facilitate processes in a coordinated way involving all, so that all the actions developed in the livestock industry will contribute with the fulfillment of the national policies for the sustainable development of livestock.

The workshop was attended by actors from the production sector - the National Livestock Commission of Nicaragua (CONAGAN), the Nicaraguan Chamber of the Dairy Sector (CANISLAC), the Federation of Livestock Associations of Nicaragua (FAGANIC) and the Central Cooperatives of Milk (CENCOOPEL) - academia and banking sector- National Agricultural University (UNA), National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-León), Central American University (UCA) and Local Development Fund (FDL), - and private sector - CATIE, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Institute of Research and Development (Nitlapan-UCA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Agriagency of International Cooperation for Agrarian Development (ACODEA).

Among the main barriers and mitigation actions identified during the workshop were improving the quality of milk and meat from livestock farms, recovering degraded pastures, improving the meat and milk production chain and improving knowledge and training of producers.

The EIG, which was formed two years ago, under the platform of the Nicaraguan Agricultural Research and Innovation System (SNIA), will now be coordinated by INTA. For its part, UNA-León will assume the academic vice-coordination, CONAGAN the productive vicecoordination and CATIE the productive vicecoordination of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

"CATIE should support the actions that arise in the EIG and will have to coordinate with the different NGOs or international institutions that want to support the country's objectives to promote sustainable livestock and contribute to improve strategies for adaptation and mitigation to climate change" , Tobar explained.

After the workshop, the actors defined the axes or components of the EIG’s work plan, including productivity improvement, knowledge management, value chains, financing, research and public policies.

The next steps will be to elaborate the agenda and the regulations that will control the operation of the EIG.

This initiative is carried out within the framework of the project Development of competitive low-greenhouse gas livestock production systems for Central America, with financial support from the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) and the Government of New Zealand, as well as project road map for the development of NAMA livestock in Honduras and Nicaragua, with funding from the Nordic Climate Fund (NCF).


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Diego Tobar
Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication
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