Chiapas Producers Participate in the Development of Tools for Sustainable Livestock
- Tools will work for the promotion of climate-smart livestock specialized in agro-forestry systems.
June 27 and 29, 2019. Chiapas livestock producers and technicians participated in the identification and development of tools to facilitate the implementation and development of sustainable livestock in Chiapas as part of the Field Schools process that develops the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvo-pastoral Landscapes project known as BioPaSOS, which is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
According to José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas, to carry out this identification, two workshops were held at the Los Angeles Camp of the La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP, its Spanish acronym) in order to develop and conceptualize in a participatory way two tools: Toolbox II and the mobile application BioPaSOS-App.
"These tools will work for the promotion of climate-smart livestock specialized in agro-silvopastoral systems and seek to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, the maintenance and generation of ecosystem services and the improvement of the livelihoods of producers and livestock families," explained Jiménez.
Jiménez commented that the toolbox and the mobile application will contribute so that the promoters who participate in the project, livestock producers, technicians, researchers and decision-makers can consult what the technical recommendations are when establishing a silvo-pastoral system or when developing a good livestock practice that contributes to the development of sustainable livestock on their land.
Participants in the workshops also had the opportunity to make several recommendations, for example, the importance of having a document with information on how to feed their cows, how to establish protein banks, silage or how to use native plants to cure, prevent or control diseases or bites in their cows. They also mentioned that a tree library application would also work to understand the functions of trees and how they can use or establish these trees.
According to Jiménez, the project promoters also shared their experiences and clarified doubts about the design and implementation of silvo-pastoral systems and good cattle practices that they are developing on their land.
The workshops were given by Raúl Antonio Riveros, IICA consultant, with the participation of the Deputy Director of REBISE-CONANP, biologist Martin Paniagua, CONANP technicians, students of the Master of Science in Tropical Agricultural Production and livestock promoters.
José Antonio Jiménez
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
Head of Communication
Information Technology and Communication