Latin America and the Caribbean go towards a Climate Smart Dairy.

The project will develop digital tools to implement good practices in dairy establishments covering productive aspects, animal welfare, caring for people, adapting and mitigating climate change.

Context of the story

Therefore, we must make efforts to increase their productivity and profitability in a sustainable way, bearing in mind that the growth of livestock production can have significant environmental impacts. However, if these systems are efficient, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve sinks, in turn increasing productivity. At the same time, changes in rainfall and temperature threaten agricultural production and increase the vulnerability of the people who depend on it. These threats can be reduced by increasing the adaptive capacity of farmers.

Three aspects for competitiveness: education, technology and research.

The implemented initiative

Generate new capacities for the dairy sector of LAC to implement sustainable management processes aimed at achieving Climate-Smart Dairy Farms (CSDF), form a public-private network, develop and validate digital tools on the ground, and train technicians, advisers, farmers, etc. in good practices for CSDF using the tools produced, are the aspects that are being worked on in the Project.

Agtech for the sustainability of dairy farms.

The technological solution

An application for cell phones which will facilitate the implementation process, in dairy farms, of a set of good practices. These good practices cover aspects of pastures and crops, milking hygiene, animal health, environment, animal reproduction, socioeconomic management, feeding, animal welfare and inclement weather. Through this tool, the producer can learn about and work to improve his condition in relation to productivity, milk quality, adaptation and mitigation to climate change and his advancement to a climate-smart dairy farm. At the same time, an interactive e-learning course will be developed that will enable the training of personnel and technicians of the dairy chain in all aspects of climate-smart dairy.

Results

The conformation of the work platform and the internalization of the project objectives in each participating organization managed to add other organizations and technicians. Of this, adding producer associations and other organizations to use the developments. At this time, the consensus of the group of countries has been reached in the base document that contains the good practices organized in the following areas: pastures and crops, hygiene in milking, animal health, environment, animal reproduction, socioeconomic management, food, welfare animal and inclement weather.

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Participating Organizations

Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales  (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Costa Rica
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba  (UNC-AR) - Argentina
Dirección Nacional Láctea - Ministerio de Producción y Trabajo de Argentina (DNL) - Argentina
Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAyG) - Argentina
Clúster Lechero Regional (Clúster Lechero Regional) - Argentina
Secretaría de Ganadería Lechería y Recursos Naturales del Ministerio de la Producción de Santa Fé (SGLyRN) - Argentina
Cámara Hondureña de la Leche (CAHLE) - Honduras
Sociedad de Productores de Leche de Florida (Sociedad de Productores de Leche de Florida) - Uruguay
Tambero (Tambero.com) - Argentina
Fundación para el Fomento y Promoción de la Investigación y Transferencia de Tecnología Agropecuaria (FITTACORI) - Costa Rica
Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
Asociación de Productores de Leche de Arroyo Grande I.N.C (APLAG INC) - República Dominicana
Cámara de Ganaderos Los Chiles (CGC) - Costa Rica

Main donors

Ministry for Primary Industries NZ
Global Research Alliance (GRA) - Nueva Zelanda
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