Climate-Smart Livestock Interventions in West Africa: A Review | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
July 2016
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handle:10568/76294
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The livestock sector is one of the major contributors in agriculture, by some estimates

contributing up to 18% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Of this, about one

third is reported to be due to land use change associated with livestock production, another

one third is nitrous oxide from manure and slurry management, and roughly 25% is attributed

to methane emissions from ruminant digestion. Recent analysis suggests that developing

world regions contribute about two thirds of the global emissions from ruminants, with sub-

Saharan Africa a global hotspot for emissions intensities, largely due to low animal

productivity, poor animal health and low quality feeds. These numbers suggest, therefore, that

there are opportunities for easy gains to be made in terms of mitigation in the livestock sector,

as improving feed resource use efficiencies would improve livestock productivity as well as

reduce emissions per unit of product. In this context, climate-smart agricultural practices are

necessary in the West Africa region and in sub-Saharan Africa in general. Climate-Smart

Agriculture (CSA) is an approach that provides a conceptual basis for assessing the

effectiveness of agricultural practice change to support food security under climate change.

This review focuses on livestock-related CSA options in West Africa looking at herd

management, feed, grazing management, animal breeding strategies, manure management,

and policy options.

Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Amole TA
Ayantunde A

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CGIAR (CGIAR)

CGIAR is the only worldwide partnership addressing agricultural research for development, whose work contributes to the global effort to tackle poverty, hunger and major nutrition imbalances, and environmental degradation.

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CGIAR (CGIAR)

CGIAR is the only worldwide partnership addressing agricultural research for development, whose work contributes to the global effort to tackle poverty, hunger and major nutrition imbalances, and environmental degradation.

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