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Public and private institutions ratify their integration into the National Sustainable Livestock Platform in Honduras

  • Fourteen institutions of the Honduran livestock sector signed the act of integration of the platform, a governance body to promote sustainable livestock farming in the country.

July 19, 2021. On July 8, the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MiAmbiente, its Spanish acronym) and Honduran institutions linked to the livestock sector signed the act ratifying them as members of the National Sustainable Livestock Platform (PNGS, its Spanish acronym), thus consolidating the platform; a governance and coordination structure between public and private institutions that will channel strategic decisions and state policies to develop sustainable livestock farming in the country.

 The platform has the technical support of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and, according to Edwin García, researcher at the Center's Livestock and Environmental Management Unit, this should be considered a first step on a path that is being undertaken jointly towards economically profitable livestock farming, a livestock farming that is accepted and valued by society and, in addition, environmentally friendly, that is to say, sustainable livestock farming.

"CATIE has been supporting livestock farming in the country for more than 25 years, and in the last five years we have closely followed this initiative. Our interest is to continue providing technical support to the platform and align it with other current initiatives, such as the livestock NAMA, in order to support the design and implementation of a National Sustainable Livestock Strategy, in which we are all involved and committed," said García. 

The researcher also noted that the Livestock NAMA, a proposal that is in its final phase for approval by the NAMA Facility, represents a great opportunity to strengthen the PNGS and thus the governance of the sector. It will also provide an opportunity to implement a pilot project over the next five years in the country's main cattle-raising areas to demonstrate that the sustainability approach, with the implementation of good cattle-raising practices and the alignment of institutions in the different links of the chain, is a viable alternative for developing cattle raising in Honduras.

The next step will be to draw up a road map to organize, regulate and operationalize the platform to facilitate institutional alignment and sector policy. It is expected that through the PNGS it will be possible to generate

  • A national sustainable livestock policy: constructed and agreed upon in a participatory manner.
  • A national low-carbon sustainable livestock strategy, framed within the policy.
  • A joint action plan to operationalize the national sustainable livestock strategy.

During the PNGS launching ceremony, Tanya Müller, director of the Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School; Judith Ordoñez, vice minister of SAG; Anabel Gallardo, president of the National Federation of Farmers and Ranchers of Honduras; Denis Lattimer, representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Honduras; and José Manuel Gonzales, representative ofCATIE in Honduras, formed the main table and were accompanied by 25 other representatives of national institutions and cooperation agencies in the livestock sector.

Cattle ranching is one of the main economic activities in Honduras, generating around 400,000 jobs annually, representing approximately 33% of employment in the agricultural sector (1.2 million people) and 10% of total national employment (BCH, 2018).

 

PNGS member organizations

At present, these are the organizations that make up the PNGS, after signing the act. There is a possibility that more institutions linked to the sector may join:

  • SAG
  • Mi Ambiente
  • Dirección de Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA)
  • Federación Nacional de Agricultores y Ganaderos de Honduras (FENAGH)
  • Cámara Hondureña de la Leche (CAHLE)
  • Cámara de Fomento Ganadero de Honduras (CAFOGAH)
  • Federación de Ganaderos y Agricultores del Sur de Honduras (FEGASURH)
  • Agroindustrias DelCorral
  • Asociación Hondureña de Procesadores de Leche (APROLECHE)
  • Asociación Hondureña de Procesadores de Leche y Productos Lácteos (ASOHPROLAC)
  • FAO
  • Heifer Internacional
  • Zamorano
  • CATIE

 

More information:

Edwin García
Livestock and Environmental Management Unit
CATIE
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Karla Salazar
Information Technology and Communication
CATIE
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