Reducing Enteric Methane for improving food security and livelihoods

Participating Countries

The most promising regions for reducing emissions are those with very high concentrations of ruminants that have not yet implemented the range of productivity-enhancing practices. Highest emission intensities are found in developing regions such as East Asia, South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and South America. These 4 regions together contribute 70 percent of global enteric CH4 emissions; are home to an important proportion of global ruminant population; 70, 90 and 69 percent of the world’s cattle, buffalo and small ruminant (sheep and goats) populations, respectively, and;  have high absolute emissions and emission intensities.

Ruminants are raised in a diverse range of production systems, from extensive pastoralist systems to intensive dairy or beef fattening units. Besides the intrinsic differences in production systems, countries also have different marketing and trading strategies, and national priorities; with some being net importers of livestock products whilst others are some of the most significant exporters in the world. Considering the wide range of production systems, economic strategies, and national priorities, mitigation options must be tailored to match the specific needs and capacities of each country and production system.

To learn more about each the importance of the ruminant sector and its mitigation potential in each participating country, select a region and country from the tabs on the left.