Climate Change

Low Carbon and Resilient Livestock Development Strategies for Climate Informed Investments

The project “Low Carbon and Resilient Livestock Development Strategies for Climate Informed Investments” will support five countries in Africa and Central Asia to build adaptive capacity and develop low-emission development strategies for livestock interventions through the use of the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model-interactive (GLEAM-i) and the Tool for Agroecology Performance Evaluation (TAPE).

This project is jointly implemented by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The project will work together with stakeholders and staff from IFAD-funded projects in Rwanda, Lesotho, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

The project will elaborate strategies to improve livestock practices in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while improving livestock productivity. This will contribute to enhancing resilience and strengthening farmer livelihoods - outcomes that the five IFAD-funded projects aim to achieve.

In the case of Kyrgyzstan, assessment results are also being used to inform the update of the country's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 

The low-emission strategies are developed using  GLEAM-i. This tool estimates livestock GHG emissions following a life cycle assessment approach. It uses the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Tier 2 methodology and generates baseline and improved scenarios of herd management (including reproduction and health), feeding and manure management systems.

In Lesotho, TAPE will be used in addition to GLEAM-i to establish a baseline of agricultural sustainability for the IFAD-funded ROLL project. TAPE is an analytical framework that uses agroecology to assess the overall sustainability of productive systems and measure their performance across the different dimensions of sustainability.

A series of training courses on GLEAM-i and TAPE will be carried out to support the uptake of the assessment tools in the IFAD-funded projects.

The project is funded by the second phase of IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP). The project started in February 2021 and will end in December 2023. It is also part of an FAO programme of work on technical assistance to funding institutions on low carbon livestock investments.


Countries and IFAD projects:

  • Rwanda Dairy Development Project (RDDP
  • Lesotho, Restoration of Landscapes and Livelihoods (ROLL)
  • Kyrgyzstan, Regional Resilient Pastoral Communities Project (RRPCP)
  • Tajikistan, Community-based Agricultural Support Project (CASP+)

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