SE131 Enhancing Food Security through Innovation in Sustainable Livestock Systems: Presentation and discussion of innovative multistakeholder actions and examples of good practices

Organizers

  • Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • FAO
  • IFAD

This side event will demonstrate the essential roles of the livestock sector for sustainability improving food and nutrition security. Innovative solutions developed and implemented through a multistakeholder partnership approach will be illustrated to stimulate audience engagement and identification of opportunities. The speakers will share diverse perspectives from across the livestock sector.

The side event will address issues including: 1. how livestock can contribute to sustainable food systems and consequently to food and nutrition security; 2. how practical innovations in livestock systems can improve food and nutrition security; 3. how to support the development of such innovations; and 4. the importance of implementing a multistakeholder approach to jointly find and implement solutions at global, local and regional scales.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Berhe Tekola, Director, Animal Production and Health, Division, FAO
  • Fritz Schneider, Chair of GASL (Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock)
  • Iain Wright, Deputy Director General Research and Development, ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute)
  • Mauroni Cangussú, Silvopastoral Farmer, Brazil
  • Donald Moore, Executive Director, GDP (Global Dairy Platform)

Main themes/issues discussed

This Side Event demonstrated the essential roles of the livestock sector for sustainability by improving food and nutrition security. Innovative solutions developed and implemented through a multistakeholder partnership approach were illustrated to stimulate audience engagement and identification of opportunities. The speakers shared diverse perspectives from across the livestock sector with a special focus on silvopastoral systems (Mauroni Cangussú) and the dairy sector (Donald Moore).

Summary of key points

There will be a huge increase of demand of animal source foods, driven by population growth, food systems, and more income. One third of the world population is underfed or badly fed. It’s not just a public health issue, it’s also an economic issue.

Silvopastoral Systems provide a balanced ecosystem between animals and the environment. Food can be produced without herbicide or harmful substances and animal welfare is increased.

Innovation can be for example a complete robotic milking machine, but it can also be a process or a social innovation, such as the Dairy Sustainability Framework, which brings actors of the dairy sector together.

Some key innovations in the livestock sector for food and nutrition security are:

  • Technology
  • Closing the knowledge gap (e.g. with digital technology)
  • Access for farmers to financial services
  • Education is important. Few people really understand where their food comes from – big- and small-scale producers therefore should allow people to visit and understand. Children should learn in school how to develop sustainable production systems.
  • A certification system is an innovation that allows people to gain more in the economy by producing in a sustainable way.
  • Animal welfare is key. Animals should not depend on chemicals.

Key take away messages

We need different solutions for different parts of the world.

We need a multistakeholder partnership approach to involve all sectors of society to find innovative ways for more sustainability.

Sustainability is a journey rather than a destination

The one and a half hour of this Side Event presented a multistakeholder process and discussion, including both speakers and the audience.

PowerPoint presentations and  more information of the event can be found at the following link: http://www.livestockdialogue.org/events/events/others/cfs-side-event-rome-italy-15-october-2019/en/


CFS 46 Side Event: SE131 Enhancing Food Security through Innovation in Sustainable Livestock Systems

 

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