Building the concept of climate-smart livestock as a whole and from different perspectives
- For this purpose, BioPaSOS project develops in Chiapas, Mexico, working groups with multiple and diverse actors.
November 27, 2018. At the campus of the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNICACH, its Spanish acronym), at Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico, on November 27 a group of local actors, convened by the project Biodiversity and Agro-silvopastoral Sustainable Livestock Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, met to build together the concept of climate-smart livestock, and thus define the actions to be implemented in the territory of Chiapas, one of the three territories where the project is implemented.
“We want to build the concept participatively among local actors, that is, from the perspective of a producer, businessman, technician, researcher and politician; this differentiated version is what we seek to obtain, because it will serve as the north for our future work in Chiapas," explained Alejandra Martínez-Salinas, researcher of BioPaSOS project.
According to José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of BioPaSOS project in Chiapas, among the attendees were producers, academics, researchers, representatives of non-governmental organizations, representatives of federal government institutions, and officials of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), an implementing partner of BioPaSOS.
For the construction of the concept, a practical methodology was used, based on specific objectives, which allowed everyone to participate in the discussion and analysis of the topic. In addition, some dynamic methodologies of Farmer Field Schools were adopted and applied as a complement
The goodness of this methodology is that through it the participants feel part of the products or results that are generated, which BioPaSOS, together with them, will seek to implement," said Raimunda Santana, facilitator of the activity.
During the meeting, participants identified a common vision of the state of Chiapas in terms of climate-smart livestock, as well as what opportunities coincide to develop climate-smart livestock in that territory in the short, medium and long term.
Finally, a first approach to the concept of climate-smart livestock was achieved, which is expected to be shared in a document that will be generated for the common use of people and institutions interested in the subject, so that they can contribute to its construction.
José Antonio Jiménez Trujillo
BioPaSOS local coordinator
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Karla Salazar Leiva
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