Livestock and the environment flagship

The Livestock and the Environment flagship’s objectives are:

  • Identify solutions to environmental management challenges and provide diverse stakeholders, including women and young people, with the knowledge and incentives to change their behaviour and implement the solutions.
  • Provide foresight as to how environmental footprints are likely to evolve and feed information back into decision-making processes so as to avoid negative environmental outcomes.
  • Foster an enabling policy and institutional environment for the environmental management of livestock production, through research and engagement with key decision-makers.

The flagship:

  • Aims to secure the essential role of livestock in ensuring nutritional security and contributing to poverty reduction for a growing population, in the context of ongoing global change, by reducing the environmental footprint of livestock production.
  • Aims to ensure that livestock continue to enhance the ecosystem services necessary to sustain productivity and improve resilience to global environmental changes.
  • Fills a unique role by contributing evidence to the global debate on livestock and the environment that is specific to the developing world and to poor and vulnerable small-scale producers undergoing either fragile or more rapid market-oriented growth.
  • Uses field research to develop and test context-specific solutions that minimize the trade-offs between increasing productivity, enhancing ecosystem services, reducing environmental footprints, and adapting to expected environmental change.
  • Works with partners and stakeholders to enhance evidence-based decision-making at household, community and policy levels, informing global debates and models so they better apply to developing country contexts.

Contact flagship leader:  Polly Ericksen, ILRI

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