They seek for tools to promote climate-smart livestock in Campeche
Together with livestock producers in Campeche, Mexico, the BioPaSOS project seeks to establish the basis for a toolbox specialized in agro-forestry systems.
June 7, 2019.From May 31 to June 1, the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Livestock Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, which is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), developed two workshops with livestock producers from Campeche, Mexico, who are promoters of the Field Schools that are taught in the framework of the project, with the aim of developing and conceptualizing tools to promote climate-smart livestock.
The first workshop focused on establishing the basis for a toolbox specializing in agro-forestry systems, while the second sought to conceptualize an easily accessible mobile application that would provide relevant information to producers interested in establishing arrangements or good livestock practices on their ranches.
Edwin Pérez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Campeche, explained that the toolbox and the mobile application will facilitate the work that livestock producers, extensionists, technicians, researchers, academics and decision-makers must do to improve the management of their livestock production systems.
The workshops were given by Raúl Antonio Riveros, consultant at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and included the participation of Francisco Javier Solorio, researcher at the Veterinary School of the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY, its Spanish acronym), and two technicians from the Sembrando Vida (Sowing Life) Program of the Ministry of Welfare.
"The producers participated and contributed much of their knowledge to the development of the toolbox during the workshops. In addition, they shared experiences and clarified doubts about the implementation of arrangements in ranches, thanks to the participation of Dr. Solorio," Riveros said.
As part of the workshops, a field trip to the ranch of the promoter Héctor Caamal Balan, in the community of Haro, Escárcega, Campeche was included. This producer within his ranch has areas of forest plantations, energy banks, fruit trees, agricultural crops and an area of livestock activity. Likewise, thanks to the training received through the BioPaSOS project and Dr. Solorio, the producer has already defined the designs of various silvo-pastoral systems that he will establish this year on his ranch.
"The workshops strengthened the promoters with a view to establishing agro-forestry systems during the present rainy season, taking valuable information to design and establish diverse systems of interest in each of their communities and Field Schools," Pérez concluded.
In its implementation, the BioPaSOS project is supported by IICA, in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym); with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
Edwin Pérez Sánchez
Coordinador local, Campeche
Biodiversidad y Paisajes Agrosilvopastoriles Sostenibles (BioPaSOS)
Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication