Livestock and the environment flagship

The program will place increased attention to interactions between livestock production and the environment, following on from activities initiated under the Livestock and Fish SASI flagship and the recommendation of the external evaluation to give more attention to environmental issues.

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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