Ruminating on a sustainable future for livestock

Report back from the 9th Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock meeting

By Gareth Salmon, SEBI

The sustainability of livestock production is a hot topic of discussion and a very real global challenge. Livestock sustains the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers as well as feeding people and economies in the global North. But livestock production also contributes to climate change, environmental degradation and other harmful impacts. In response, the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) convenes public and private sector actors, intergovernmental organizations, academia and research, social movements, NGOs and donors to develop solutions. To date, 111 official partners including 20 governments have joined the agenda to share good practices and policies, and champion the principle that all livestock production systems can be more sustainable, no matter where they are.

On behalf of the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice, Karen Smyth and I attended the 9th partnership meeting, hosted by Kansas State University (USA).

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Livestock data community zeroes in on big challenges

Report back from LD4D meeting, 28-30 November

In November 2018 the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice met in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss big questions in the livestock data sphere, assess progress to date on collaborative working groups, and map out next steps.

Meeting documentation

Access all presentation and session recordings

Download hi-res group photo

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Latest LD4D meeting strengthens collaboration for improved livestock data

Active participation by livestock data community members helped make the recent meeting a success

What’s needed to ensure that those making decisions in the livestock sector have access to useful data? The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice (CoP) addresses a spectrum of challenges, from ensuring basic data is collected and made available, to enabling farmers, practitioners, policy makers, and investors to effectively use data to improve livestock health and productivity. LD4D strengthened its efforts to drive better decision making through effective use of livestock data during its latest meeting which took place from 20-22 February in Naivasha, Kenya. Read more

LD4D meeting – plans moving ahead!

The SEBI team is busy working towards the next LD4D meeting. We are working on a draft programme which we will send to you shortly for your thoughts.
The next LD4D meeting will be held in Kenya the week beginning 19 February 2018. To keep costs down, we would like to start booking flights and secure your accommodation very soon. As before, we will fund 1 LD4D member from each institution. Antonia Robb, SEBI Administrator, will be in touch shortly to discuss your flight options.

Edinburgh 20-23 June 2017

LD4D – Developing the Community

The Livestock Data for Decision (LD4D) community of practice held its first dedicated meeting in June 2017 in Edinburgh.

This meeting was designed around the needs of the community and focused on ensuring that LD4D outputs brought benefits to each member. A lively 2.5 day meeting resulted in a clear list of tasks for LD4D and a refocusing of the community away from the creation of a LD4D database toward a data portal and knowledge platform. The next LD4D meeting is planned for Feb 2018.

You can view the minutes and presentations below.  The password for the links is LD4D (all uppercase).

LD4D Minutes Final 25.07.17



Rome 26-27 January 2017

The core team of the Supporting Evidence-Based Interventions project met with a range of global livestock research for development stakeholders in Rome on 25-26 January 2017. The meeting served to launch the SEBI project but also to think through the options for establishing a Community of Practice for the global livestock data community.

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