Research and development on climate change and greenhouse gases in support of climate-smart livestock production and a vibrant industry

Research and development on climate change and greenhouse gases in support of climate-smart livestock production and a vibrant industry

This paper discusses the following elements, related to livestock production and climate change in South Africa: (1) restoring the value of grasslands/rangelands, (2) pastoral risk management and decision support systems, (3) improved production efficiency, (4) global warming and sustainable livestock production, (5) the disentanglement between food and nutritional needs, focusing on nutrient rich core foods, (6) GHG from livestock and carbon sequestration, and (7) water and waste management. It argues that priority should be given to the establishment of a (virtual) centre of excellence in climate-smart livestock production and the environment for the livestock industries, with the objective to share research expertise and information, build capacity and conduct research and development studies.

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