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Friday, 22 January 2016

Livestock farming: Creation of an enteric methane reduction project

Enteric methane emissions due to the poor quality of fodder and diet of ruminants are the subject of an international meeting in Dakar. Twenty researchers from Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali are in the process of exchanging knowledge and experience with their colleagues from the French agricultural research and international cooperation organisation CIRAD on a project led by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), with the support of an international coalition for the climate (CCAC), to reduce the greenhouse gas effect linked to methane emissions from livestock.  As stated by Alexandre Ickowicz, a veterinary researcher at CIRAD, this initiative aims to identify ways to intensify breeding of ruminant livestock not only to improve food security and milk production, but also to ensure the reduction of enteric methane emissions in the pastoral and agro-pastoral systems. A three-year project was therefore set up for the five aforementioned countries in the West African region with the support of the FAO in collaboration with the "Climate Clean Air Coalition" initiative (CCAC) on New Zealand funds.

Source: Le Soleil