Livestock and enteric methane

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Areas of work



Mitigation opportunities
FAO is working with countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to identify interventions and best practices to mitigate methane emissions in ruminant production systems. With the support of FAO and partners, countries will be able to assess and analyse their greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and implement system-specific strategies to improve animal productivity and reduce emission intensities at the country level.

Science-based policies
Technical and policy solutions aimed at reducing emission intensity and improving food security and livelihoods should be accessible to all livestock farmers and producers at the national and regional level. FAO’s policy support extends also to countries that have committed to the Paris Agreement and want to include livestock-specific interventions in their nationally determined contributions to tackle climate change.

Stakeholder engagement
Livestock, climate and environmental stakeholders need to work together to tackle climate change. FAO facilitates the collaboration of national and regional stakeholders, including ministries of agriculture, international organizations, farmers and producers to assess and reduce methane and other emissions greenhouse gas from the livestock sector as part of a globally-participated climate action.

Capacity building 
FAO develops packages of appropriate cost-effective technologies and measures that governments and producers can adopt to improve national livestock systems in terms of productivity and climate responsiveness. Capacity building is particularly crucial for low and middle income countries to attract new resources for national climate actions through internationally-established mechanisms targeting the livestock sector.