Latin America has managed to increase meat production and reduce emissions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization

(EFE). Twelve Latin American countries are promoting sustainable livestock, through projects that increase meat production and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Sunday.

The international organization, whose regional headquarters is located in Santiago de Chile, explained that these initiatives include environmentally friendly practices, such as pasture care and waste and waste management.

In total, 30 projects have been implemented since 2021 with the assistance of FAO in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Uruguay.

“The ultimate goal is to achieve zero emissions at the net level, that is, animal production emits no more greenhouse gases than the trees and grasslands used for said production,” explained the Animal Health and Biodiversity Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Andres Gonzalez.

The livestock sector in Latin America only contributes between 2% and 3% of the region’s total greenhouse gas emissions

The livestock sector in Latin America only contributes between 2% and 3% of the region’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

However, the FAO noted that “its sustainable management is key to countering the impact of climate change, reducing deforestation, caring for natural resources and expanding opportunities for thousands of small-scale producers.”

“Evidence from several countries in the region shows that sustainable, resilient, inclusive and low-emission livestock management is entirely possible,” Gonzalez added.

In Uruguay, for example, 60 households increased their net income by 50% thanks to a project that includes technologies that increase carbon sequestration and improve soil health and water quality.

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In Corrientes, Argentina, farmers increased meat production by 74% while reducing their emissions intensity by 21%, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, which also highlights the state of nearly 1,800 farms in Costa Rica, where the total number of livestock grew 25% without increasing acreage grazing.

Another example is the Climate-Smart Livestock Project in Ecuador, thanks to which 40,000 hectares of land have been improved and more than 1,000 livestock farmers have achieved a 16% increase in income and a 26% reduction in gas emissions.

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