Technicians and researchers from Latin American Countries shared experiences about food and animal nutrition in cattle
- These experiences will help them achieve more productive livestock systems with less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
June 9, 2018. Through a webinar, organized in the framework of a platform for the Livestock Sustainable Intensification, 56 researchers and technicians involve in the livestock sector of Latin America and the Caribbean analyzed and shared experiences about the importance of food and animal nutrition in production and reduction of greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions, in livestock systems.
The webinar, takes place every July 5th, it congregated participants from more than 20 countries and had as panelists Patricia Ricci, from Argentina; Juan Carlos Ku Vera, from Mexico; and Carlos Alfredo Gómez and Victor Alvarado, from Peru.
Francisco Casasola, Platform coordinator for the Livestock Sustainable Intensification on behalf of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) explained that the main objective of the webinar was to share relevant information in issues related to food and cattle nutrition in different regions of Latin America and among experts interested in the topic to achieve more productive livestock systems and with less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
During the webinar, panelist Ricci presented about local GHG emissions, carbon print of the Argentinian livestock sector, mitigation strategies design on GHG emissions and more efficient productive systems.
For his part, Ku Vera presented information about mitigation of methane emissions in cattle fed with tropical legumes, while third panelist, Gómez, talked about GHG emissions in livestock and dairy production systems of the high-Andean zone.
“It is important that among the experts of the livestock sector of the region there are spaces like webinar, that allow to share information about how food and animal nutrition influence in production and reduction of GHG emissions, therefore, understanding the above information, milk and meat could be produced in a friendly way with environment, reducing emissions and production costs”, detailed Casasola.
According to Casasola, the majority of technicians and researchers that participate in the webinar work for national research and agricultural transfer institutions, universities, non-government organizations, as well as ministries of livestock and environment
The organizer platform of this webinar is an initiative of the Fund of Agricultural Research and Technological Development (FONTARGRO, its Spanish acronym), CATIE, The Ministry of Primary Industries of the New Zealand Government and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), for Latin America and the Caribbean, which seeks to encourage it resilience with less greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainable Livestock Intensification Platform
Environmental Livestock Unit
Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program (PRAGA)
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