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Silvopastoral systems

In the field of agroforestry, at CATIE we have developed integrated approaches such as the implementation of silvopastoral systems, a livestock production option in which trees interact with pastures and animals in a sustainable management system.

Silvopastoral systems, together with a number of best livestock management practices, provide successful outcomes for improving productivity and profitability, generating ecosystem services, reducing carbon footprints and adapting to climate change, in contrast with traditionally managed livestock production.

With these systems, CATIE has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainability in livestock production, Integrating trees, pastures and animals on a farm increases carrying capacity and animal productivity by 40%.