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Livestock producers are trained in the establishment of silvo-pastoral systems and their contributions to biodiversity

  • The training was provided by the BioPaSOS project and the Center for Experimental Development and Environmental Education A.C. to livestock producers in Villaflores, Chiapas, Mexico

August 5, 2020. Within the framework of the capacity building process for producers and technicians of the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvo-pastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, and in coordination with the Center for Experimental Development and Environmental Education A.C., called Rancho Llano Alto, livestock producers from the community of Villa Hidalgo, municipality of Villaflores, Chiapas, Mexico, were trained in sustainable forestry and livestock systems.

This training comes to contribute so that livestock producers in this area know different ways of producing without depending on so many external inputs, as well as producing and conserving natural resources at the same time," said Federico Montejo, representative of the Center.     

The training was given by José Antonio Jiménez, coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas. Jiménez explained to the participants what silvo-pastoral systems are, how they are established, and what are the economic, productive and environmental results generated through the implementation of silvo-pastoral systems and other good livestock practices.

The producers mentioned that thanks to the donation of forage trees by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the management of the Center, they are very interested in beginning to establish small plots of forage trees on their ranches; however, they commented that it would be important for them to continue receiving technical support from the BioPaSOS project to support them in the management and other recommendations for the use of sustainable silvo-pastoral and livestock systems.

Montejo thanked the participants and affirmed that without a doubt this training will obtain favorable results for the development of sustainable cattle raising in Villa Hidalgo.

TheBioPaSOS project is implemented by CATIE, with the support of 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 intervention territories.


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José Antonio Jiménez
Local Coordinator in Chiapas
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes Project (BioPaSOS)
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