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dc.contributor.authorHoek, Rein van deren_US
dc.contributor.authorMena Urbina, Martin A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCorrales, Roldanen_US
dc.contributor.authorMora Benard, María Alejandraen_US
dc.contributor.authorBoekhorst, Jeanneen_US
dc.contributor.authorOjango, Julie M.K.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-14T15:34:46Zen_US
dc.date.available2016-09-14T15:34:46Zen_US
dc.date.issued2016-09-19en_US
dc.identifier.citationHoek, R. van der, Mena, M., Corrales, R., Mora, M.A. and Ojango, J. 2016. Sustainable milk and beef production in Nicaragua: Actions and opportunities for an inclusive value chain. Poster prepared for the Tropentag 2016 Conference on Solidarity in a Competing World—Fair Use of Resources, Vienna, Austria, 19–21 September 2016. Cali, Colombia: CIAT.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10568/77048en_US
dc.description.abstractIn Nicaragua the cattle sector accounts for 36% of agricultural exports and presents an important opportunity for smallholder farmer livelihoods. Current extensive dual-purpose (milk and beef) cattle production leads to soil degradation, deforestation, high levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of product, and a shift of the agricultural frontier towards the vulnerable Caribbean region. The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish is implementing activities to make the dual-purpose cattle value chain more efficient, competitive and inclusive, with a specific focus on gender equality. Feed and forages work has improved the productivity of forage-based livestock production (up to 100% in terms of kg milk/ha), increased carbon accumulation and at the same time reduced its ecological footprint (by over 50% in terms of GHG emissions per unit of product) as part of LivestockPlus. This concept addresses sustainable intensification in three ways: socioeconomic – market opportunities and policy application; ecological – improved farm and natural resource management practices; and genetic – improved forage cultivars. Work on genetic improvement of cattle has included establishing an information, input, and service data platform linked to breed improvement in a wider farm-household context. It involves continuous monitoring and assessment of the performance of the predominant breed-types reared by 155 farmers in central Nicaragua as an initial step towards informing development of breeding strategies for dual purpose cattle in mixed farming systems. In collaboration with a farmers cooperative, capacity development in Farmer Field Schools and on-farm research involving 1000 farmers has resulted in increased productivity (milk by 40%, liveweight by 70%), income (by 20%) and natural resource integrity (establishment of 4,000 ha of silvopastoral systems). Strategic alliances have been developed between value chain actors (farmers' organisations, NGOs, research, private sector with a focus on value addition to livestock products while increasing gender equity. In general, however, adoption of improved technologies and practices is still low. There is therefore a strong need for an increased policy incidence on sustainable livestock development and incentive mechanisms for farmers and other value chain actors, including certification of sustainable livestock products.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectMILKen_US
dc.subjectLIVESTOCKen_US
dc.subjectVALUE CHAINen_US
dc.subjectGANADOen_US
dc.subjectLECHEen_US
dc.subjectCADENA DE VALORen_US
dc.titleSustainable milk and beef production in Nicaragua: actions and opportunities for an inclusive value chainen_US
dc.typePosteren_US
cg.subject.ciatLIVESTOCKen_US
cg.authorship.typesCGIAR and developing country instituteen_US
cg.subject.ilriVALUE CHAINSen_US
cg.subject.ilriCATTLEen_US
cg.identifier.statusOpen Accessen_US
cg.subject.crpLIVESTOCK AND FISHen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Livestock Research Instituteen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Center for Tropical Agricultureen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationUniversidad Nacional Agraria, Nicaraguaen_US
cg.identifier.urlhttp://www.tropentag.de/abstract.php?code=0LF5CPDVen_US
cg.identifier.urlhttp://www.slideshare.net/ILRI/tropentag2016-hoeken_US
cg.coverage.regionCENTRAL AMERICAen_US
cg.coverage.regionLATIN AMERICAen_US
cg.coverage.countryNICARAGUAen_US
cg.contributor.crpLivestock and Fishen_US


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