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Reducing Enteric Methane for improving food security and livelihoods

The Project

The emissions intensity of enteric methane and the potential to mitigate enteric methane, varies greatly across regions and also between and within production systems.

(Gerber et al, 2013): Methane emissions per unit of product/Kg of edible protein (emissions intensity)

The major technical mitigation potential is to be found in areas where both measures of emission intensity per unit of product and per unit of land are high. That is mainly in Latin America, South Asia, and in parts of Sub Saharan Africa. Here, a large potential for emissions reduction per unit of protein coincides with substantial volumes of production. In addition, these regions:

  • contribute 70% of global enteric methane emissions
  • are home to an important proportion of global ruminant population; 70%, 90% and 69% of the world’s cattle, buffalo and small ruminant (sheep and goats) populations, respectively.
  • have high absolute emissions and emissions intensities
  • there are existing, cost-effective technologies available already to improve livestock productivity.

Working with key stakeholders (scientists, policy makers, industry and farmer organisations)  to identify and implement the existing cost effective technologies to improve the productivity of ruminant systems in these regions will benefit millions of rural farmers who rely on ruminants for their livelihoods; providing higher incomes, more plentiful, nutritious and cheaper food, and generating patterns of development that provide employment and benefit to both rural and urban areas while at the same time offering benefits for climate.

The project will work in beef production systems in South America and Dairy Production systems in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.