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Record number 504582
Title Climate change mitigation and productivity gains in livestock supply chains : insights from regional case studies
Author(s) Mottet, Anne; Henderson, Benjamin; Opio, Carolyn; Falcucci, Alessandra; Tempio, Giuseppe; Silvestri, Silvia; Chesterman, Sabrina; Gerber, Pierre J.
Source Regional Environmental Change (2016). - ISSN 1436-3798 - 13 p.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-016-0986-3
Department(s) Animal Production Systems
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Climate change - Livestock systems - Mitigation - Packages of options - Productivity
Abstract

Livestock can contribute to climate change mitigation by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and by increasing soil carbon sequestration. Packages of mitigation techniques can bring large environmental benefits as illustrated in six case studies modeled in the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model developed by FAO. With feasible technical interventions in livestock production systems, the mitigation potential of each of the selected species, systems and regions ranges from 14 to 41 %. While comparably high mitigation potentials were estimated for ruminant and pig production systems in Asia, Latin America and Africa, large emission reductions can also be attained in dairy systems with already high levels of productivity, in OECD countries. Mitigation interventions can lead to a concomitant reduction in emissions and increase in production, contributing to food security. This is particularly the case for improved feeding practices and better health and herd management practices. Livestock systems also have a significant potential for sequestrating carbon in pasturelands and rangelands through improved management, as illustrated in two of the six case studies in this paper.

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