CATIE provides technical support to livestock producers in Belize
- The assistance is provided within the framework of the project "Improving Productivity and Resilience to Climate Change in Livestock Systems"
May 15 2019. Since November 2018, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) has been providing technical support to the Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA), under the project Improving Productivity and Resilience to Climate Change in Livestock Systems, which seeks to improve productivity and increase resilience to climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as on small and medium-sized livestock farms, through the promotion of silvo-pastoral innovations.
The project, financed by the Multilateral Investment Fund Program (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has begun to work on 10 model farms selected by BLPA in the districts of Cayo, Orange Walk and Belize, which should serve as a basis for at least 250 producers to replicate the lessons learned by making use of the green financing products that will be offered by La Inmaculada Credit Union (LICU).
In this sense, on May 10, the Project Steering Committee (PSC) was formalized, with the participation of representatives of partner institutions, including BLPA, the local funding agency LICU, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI, its Spanish acronym), the IDB office in Belize and CATIE.
In this meeting, Danilo Pezo, researcher of the Environmental Livestock Unit of CATIE, presented the work plan for 2019, in the work of technical assistance and training that CATIE will provide to the BLPA. The work plan presented was based on the progress made in relation to the characterization of the model farms.
In addition, initial results of field assessments were presented during the PSC session, showing that degradation of pastures, access to water sources and the limited presence of the tree component on farms, as well as low productivity are some of the problems that require urgent attention to improve productivity and resilience to climate change on Belize's livestock farms.
Pezo explained that based on the results obtained, the CATIE and BLPA team identified a group of interventions to be tested on the model farms, which are being shared with the producers so that they can define which ones they can implement and follow them up.
Based on this, the curriculum is also being designed for the training of BLPA staff, the extension service of MAFFESDI, LICU and technical education institutions, as well as leading producers in the livestock sector.
PSC expressed its satisfaction with the progress achieved so far by CATIE and the BLPA technical team assigned to the project.
More information/written by:
Environmental Livestock Unit
Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program