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The state of Chiapas will establish a technical advisory board to promote sustainable cattle ranching
- This is a proposal put forward by academics and researchers from the Mexican state together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP) and the BioPaSOS project
March 24, 2020. Through inter-institutional collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP, its Spanish acronym), of the State of Chiapas, Mexico, and the academics and researchers involved in the research agenda of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-Silvopastoral Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, which is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), a meeting was held in Marzopasado last March 11, in which it was agreed to create a technical advisory board for the development of sustainable livestock farming in Chiapas.
"In this meeting we showed what progress is being generated through the BioPaSOS project and the importance of creating a space for dialogue, through which we can exchange the experiences of sustainable livestock that all actors in academia, research centers and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have," said Jose Antonio Jimenez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas.
The meeting brought together researchers from the Academic Body of Livestock Agro-forestry of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH, its Spanish acronym), and the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT, its Spanish acronym); as well as José Antonio Hernández, Undersecretary of Agriculture and Livestock of SAGyP, staff from different areas of SAGyP and experts from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the El Triunfo Conservation Fund (FONCET, its Spanish acronym) and the civil association Ecology, Sustainability and Innovation (ESI A. C.).
Meeting participants commented that it is important to exchange the technical and scientific information being generated from their spaces and to see how this information is linked to SAGyP. In this way, the secretariat, through its programs, can promote the development of a more productive livestock, with sustainable economic income throughout the year, resilient to climate change and low in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Laura Guillén, Director of the Planning Area of SAGyP, also commented that it is important to work on projects that allow for the integration of all components, because only in this way can sustainable development projects in the agricultural sector of Chiapas be properly landed and developed.
Finally, the Undersecretary of SAGyP expressed his support for the establishment of a technical advisory body in Chiapas to continue promoting the work being done in a more coordinated and comprehensive manner. In this sense, it was agreed to form this table and that one of its priorities is to work on a strategic project for the development of sustainable livestock in Chiapas.
The BioPaSOS project is supported by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and with multiple local partners in their areas of intervention.
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José Antonio Jiménez
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)