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Guatemala presented its strategy of sustainable cattle ranching with low emissions

  • The strategy was developed as an instrument for the implementation of the National Bovine Livestock Policy

October 4, 2019. In order to promote innovation, productive efficiency and modernization of traditional cattle production systems at the national level, as well as to promote a sustainable livestock model with low emissions, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of Guatemala (MAGA, its Spanish acronym) carried out, last October 3, the official launch of the National Strategy for Low Emissions Sustainable Bovine Livestock.

With this launch, the importance of this strategy as an instrument to implement the National Bovine Livestock Policy was widely known.

The construction of this strategy is based on a broad consultation process, which was supported by multiple sectoral actors who supported MAGA. The strategy was driven by USAID's Low Emission Development Project, with support from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN, its Spanish acronym), CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry of the University of San Carlos of  Guatemala (FMVZ, its Spanish acronym), the Federation of Guatemalan Cattle Breeders (Fegaguate, its Spanish acronym), the Chamber of Guatemalan Milk Producers (CPLG, its Spanish acronym), the Milk Development Association (Asodel, its Spanish acronym), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro, its Spanish acronym) and the National Forest Institute (INAB, its Spanish acronym).

Felipe Orellana, Deputy Minister of Rural Economic Development of MAGA, highlighted the fact that the strategy is the product of a participatory process, which involved workshops and consultations with national specialists on issues such as cattle ranching, the environment and climate change, in the public, private, academic and international technical cooperation sectors. In addition, he indicated that the process had the participation of producers (men and women) dedicated to the production of milk and meat, as well as decision makers from the government and international technical and financial cooperation.

Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, was present at the launch, giving a keynote lecture on resilient and low emission livestock, highlighting the main impacts of traditional livestock and the benefits of implementing silvo-pastoral systems and good management practices to improve socio-economic indicators, reduce climate change impacts and achieve a resilient and low emission productive activity.

"The results of implementing silvo-pastoral systems and good management practices show us that it is possible to produce while conserving and conserving by producing. It also allows us to quantify and value ecosystem services, which is a great contribution of the livestock sector to national goals and commitments, for example, the Framework Convention on Climate Change and Biodiversity," said Ibrahim.

Julio López, CATIE representative in Guatemala, stressed that the strategy will contribute to promote, through the organizational capacity of the cattle sector, the articulation of actions to improve the productive-commercial chains of milk and meat, productivity, competitiveness, compliance with the environmental legal framework and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on farms.

In addition, López commented that the sustainability of the implementation of the new strategy is subject to the conjunction of efforts and the establishment of strategic alliances between public and private actors and international technical and financial cooperation. "These alliances are viable under the institutional, political and legal framework currently existing in the country in relation to climate change," added Lopez.

The event was attended by nearly 100 people, including representatives of the public and private sectors, trade associations and producers, national banks, academia, as well as national and international technical and financial cooperation, who may find in this strategy a binding instrument that facilitates the promotion of inter-institutional synergies to achieve sustainability of livestock and related sectors.

Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, giving his master lecture.  



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Julio López Payés
CATIE in  Guatemala
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