Livestock and enteric methane



With a livestock population of over 146 million, livestock play an important socio-economic role in Kenya. Yet, the livestock sector is also one of the most vulnerable to climate change. About 80 percent of Kenya's land surface is in arid or semi-arid areas and livestock farmers in the country...


With climate change and population growth affecting production and demand for livestock products in Asia and the Pacific, countries in the region are now more committed than ever to make the livestock sector more sustainable and climate-friendly. To facilitate dialogue and create new synergies...

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Global Dairy Platform (GDP) approved USD 3.5 million of project preparation funding to support the development of a regional public-private livestock sector programme for Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Population growth and climate change impacts across Asia and the Pacific present novel challenges for the livestock sector. Total methane emissions from livestock in South East Asia and Oceania are estimated at 50 million tonnes per year, representing about 40 percent of global methane emissio...

In recent decades, the number of livestock population, in particular cattle, sheep, goats and buffaloes increased tremendously due to an increasing demand for animal products. Most ruminant animals graze natural or managed pastures, or are fed with forages and other roughages, converting non-edible fibres into high quality animal products.
New Director of FAO Animal Production and Health Division announces his vision for FAO’s future work on livestock at two major dairy events this month. 

Burkina Faso has committed to integrate livestock specific interventions to accelerate climate action and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems. “It is necessary to identify opportunities to integrate specific objectives for the livestock sub-sector in our climate action, espe...


A historic UN resolution recognizes access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right


Sustainable livestock systems can be a major player in the fight against climate change, poverty and food insecurity. By addressing climate change in the livestock sector, countries can do their part to achieve the Paris Agreement’s long-term objectives, while building more sustainable, resilient and climate-friendly agrifood systems.


Five key takeaways from FAO regional workshops on climate action in the livestock sector


World Environment Day is sharpening global focus on ecosystem degradation and the ways that reducing methane, a central ingredient in ozone, can help reverse damage to crops, trees, and livestock.


The Climate and Clean Air Coalition and China are working together to inform agricultural policy with cutting edge research

To kickstart the CCAC's 2030 Strategy countries pledged an initial $25 million to the Coalition’s trust fund as a first step towards a $150 million goal that will drive emissions reductions.

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is helping countries reduce methane emissions from livestock and rice to slow global warming, boost agricultural production, and save lives from air pollution.


The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is helping Kenya increase its methane mitigation ambitions by building technical capacity and implementing climate smart strategies to lower emissions without economic sacrifice.


The IPCC amplifies the conclusions of CCAC-UNEP Global Methane Assessment, showing the urgent need to reduce methane in parallel with decarbonization.


Ten years ago, it was uncommon for agriculture to be seen as a major contributor to the global climate crisis, let alone as part of the solution. Threats to agricultural production were instead largely viewed in a silo, separate from other major crises the world was facing such as air pollution, hunger, and development challenges.