Latin America and The Caribbean working in dairy sustainable intensification - LACTIS

Eleven countries from LAC work together characterizing dairy production systems of the region, modelling improved systems and validating an implementing environmental, economic and social sustainable dairy intensification systems.

Context of the story

The global population is expected to keep on increasing, which implies an increase in food demand. In this context, to supply this demand, productivity increases will be required. Latin America and the Caribbean region have enough natural resources to produce milk, even double the current production levels. However, would it be feasible to increase productivity and, at the same time, improve the family’s income and wellbeing while minimizing environmental impacts?

A common language for economic, social, and environmental sustainability of dairy production systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The implemented initiative

To talk about sustainable intensification in Latin America and the Caribbean was a challenge, given the high diversity of dairy production systems, the lack of characterization of these systems and the cultural differences between the different countries. With Project LACTIS, a cooperation platform was developed, which enabled to establish a baseline, to develop common indicators to characterize the systems, validate improved systems, and at the same time strengthen technicians’ and researchers’ abilities while spreading knowledge.

Farm systems modelling as a tool for evaluating sustainable intensification strategies.

The technological solution

To evaluate sustainable intensification strategies, the ‘Dairy systems simulation model’ (OLE! v5.3) and the ‘Dairy Monitor’ (ML2) were developed and adapted to the dairy production systems of the region (LAC). The simulation model enables to model - with a few inputs and easy to obtain on-farm - the baseline production systems in each country and improved scenarios, evaluating the biophysical, economic, social, and environmental impact. The 'Dairy Monitor 2' allowed the monitoring of commercial farms' physical, economic, social, and environmental indicators in which the planned changes were implemented. The proposed scenarios were validated on monitored commercial farms, with the interaction of technicians and farmers, resulting in learning exchange and knowledge divulgation.

“We work to have sustainable and resilient production systems using a common language in Latin America and the Caribbean “
Proyect technician

Results

• Regional dairy productions systems baseline establishment, through the classification and description of the production systems in 11 countries from LAC.
• Selection of improved strategies for sustainable intensification, through the agreed selection of key performance indicators of biophysical, economic, social and environmental performance.
• Simulation of sustainable intensification strategies in each county through the development and adaptation of the ‘Dairy systems simulation model’ applicable to LAC dairy systems.
• Development and validation of improved systems in 17 pilot farms.
• Start-up of a farmlet study at INTA Rafaela (TAMBO ROCA 2030 Project).
• Capacity building of 450 field technicians and 200 farmers.

validation farms
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validation farms
Farmers indirectly benefited
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Farmers indirectly benefited
farmers and advisors trained
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farmers and advisors trained
dairy systems analysed
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dairy systems analysed
sustainability indicators
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sustainability indicators
Downloads of modelling  tool
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Downloads of modelling tool

The full team of the 11 countries during a Workshop in INIA Uruguay, 2019

The full team of the 11 countries during a Workshop in INIA Uruguay, 2019

Participating Organizations

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) - Costa Rica
Dirección de Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA) - Honduras
Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales  (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
 Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas (INIA) - Venezuela
Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) - Chile
Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) - Ecuador
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Costa Rica
Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Nicaragua
Instituto Paraguayo de Tecnología Agraria (IPTA) - Paraguay
HEIFER - Nicaragua
Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) - Costa Rica
Dirección de Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA) - Honduras
Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales  (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
 Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas (INIA) - Venezuela
Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) - Chile
Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) - Ecuador
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Costa Rica
Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Nicaragua
Instituto Paraguayo de Tecnología Agraria (IPTA) - Paraguay
HEIFER - Nicaragua

Main donors

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