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CATIE promotes sustainable livestock models in Honduras
- CATIE and the Territorial Inclusive Economic Development Program of the Gulf of Fonseca region (DEIT-Sur, its Spanish acronym) sign an agreement to continue promoting sustainable livestock production in the country.
June 28, 2021. The Golfo de Fonseca region is one of the largest cattle-raising areas in Honduras and, together with the department of Olancho and the northern zone, accounts for around 80% of the country's cattle production. However, cattle farming in Honduras is still characterized by extensive production systems, high environmental impact and low productivity. Nevertheless, various actors in the livestock sector have been strongly promoting the concept of sustainable livestock production; such is the case of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and DEIT-Sur, which for the second consecutive year signed a cooperation agreement to develop capacities in this area, together with producer families and technicians in the region.
The agreement was signed on June 11 in the city of Choluteca, in southern Honduras, with the participation of DEIT-Sur authorities and José Manuel González, CATIE's representative in Honduras.
Gonzalez expressed CATIE's pleasure and commitment to continue supporting the development of profitable, employment-generating and environmentally friendly livestock farming, for which CATIE's experience in this area is available.
Under this agreement, CATIE will design and promote a group of demonstration farms, integrating agro-forestry concepts and technologies, as well as good livestock practices into farm plans. At the same time, a series of social, economic and environmental indicators will be monitored in order to visualize the benefits of these models, as well as to develop studies related to the analysis of the competitiveness of the livestock chain in the region and to evaluate the investment climate for green and inclusive business in the sector.
Edwin García, researcher at CATIE's Livestock and Environmental Management Unit, said that a series of silvo-pastoral technologies and good livestock practices have already been identified and prioritized by producers in each of the country's major livestock-raising areas, which would be considered and analyzed in a participatory manner to be integrated into farm plans. "Demonstration farms allow exposing the benefits of silvo-pastoral systems and good livestock practices; farmers need to see the results before making significant changes in the management of their farms. Likewise, decision-makers need technical evidence for the design of policies and financial instruments to promote sustainable livestock production," said García.
All these actions are promoted in close collaboration with key stakeholders in the area,, such as the Federation of Ranchers and Farmers of Southern Honduras (FEGASURH, its Spanish acronym), the Community of Municipalities of Southern La Paz Department (MAMSURPAZ, its Spanish acronym), DEIT-Sur, SAG-DICTA, among others. This effort is also aligned with the livestock NAMA program, an integrated program in its final design phase that will be implemented in Honduras between 2022 and 2026; it also follows the vision of the National Sustainable Livestock Platform, recently established in the country. Both initiatives are technically supported by CATIE.
Signing of the agreement between CATIE and DEIT-Sur.
Livestock and Environmental Management Unit Researcher
Karla Salazar Leiva
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