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The Commission on Livestock Development for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODEGALAC) was established in 1986 by the FAO Council at the request of its Member Nations.

Its mandate is to support the formulation of policy frameworks for the sector, as well as the design and implementation of national and regional livestock development programmes.

Commission on Livestock Development for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODEGALAC)

The Commission on Livestock Development for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODEGALAC) is the technical advisory forum on animal production and health for the LAC Regional Conference.

The Commission brings together representatives from Governments and the regional private sector to exchange experiences in livestock development policies and programmes, and to formulate cooperation strategies for their strengthening.

FAO provides the Technical Secretariat through its Senior Official for Livestock Development at the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Commission's conclusions and recommendations are reported to the FAO Regional Conference, which then defines the Organization's regional priorities for each biennium.

Member Nations are represented by Government Delegates from institutions associated to Ministries of Agriculture and the Environment, and by Observers from international organizations, the private sector, livestock organizations and civil society.

Every meeting of the Commission formulates a two-year programme of work, encompassing preparation of technical cooperation projects, working group meetings, capacity-building activities, and technical seminars on livestock policy and thematic fora. The principal discussion topics are regulatory and technical issues associated with animal health, livestock services, sustainable livestock production, climate change, family livestock farming and the sector's development trends.

Member Nations agreed to convene biannual meetings by Sub-regional chapter (Southern Cone, Andean and Mesoamerica) to address the various agro-ecological, productive, commercial and socio-economic contexts as per the regional integration agreements. The meetings would also serve to examine relevant issues in the development of the livestock sector and in defining priorities for South-South Cooperation and FAO technical cooperation in the Region.

As of 2014, there will be three Chapters: South America (Southern Cone and Andean); Mesoamerica (Mexico, Central America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean); and the (English-speaking) Caribbean.

Member countries

CODEGALAC is composed of eligible Member Nations that have notified the FAO Director-General of their interest in forming part of the Commission.:

  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela