Agro-pastoral and pastoral systems are major land-use systems on earth, covering 30% of the global area and 45% of the ice-free earth’s surface. Pastures and rangelands play a crucial role in global food systems, as livestock contributes to 40% of global agricultural gross domestic product.
As the global population is predicted to reach around 9 billion by 2050, there will be increases in food consumption, and land and environmental pressures are expected to grow.
The Australia red meat sector is important, producing 3% of the world’s beef and 8% of lamb and mutton. In 2017, Australia was the third largest beef exporter in the world. The red meat sector makes an important contribution to the Australian economy: with a value of AUD$16.3 billion, and employing around 200,000 people. The […]
Livestock are an important source of income and nutrition, contributing to livelihoods, food security, and resilience in Southeast Asia, and are particularly important for many smallholder producers. The region is experiencing significant demographic changes, and the agriculture sector is transforming in response to changing socioeconomic circumstances. Increasing the productivity of the livestock sector will be […]
Livestock grazing systems are one of the Earth’s major ice-free land cover types. They provide food and support livelihoods for millions of people around the world in addition to delivering important ecosystems services. However, livestock grazing systems also emit 30% of the livestock sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. They compete with other land uses, such as […]
The livestock sector is central to many socioeconomic and environmental global challenges. Insufficient attention has been paid to the generation of livestock data at the level of detail required for elucidating their future role in attaining key global sustainability goals. Some of these goals are poverty reduction, food and nutritional security, and adaptation to climate change. […]
GEOGLAM Rangelands and Pasture Productivity (RAPP) is a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) initiative that aims to provide the international community with the means to regularly monitor the status and productivity of world’s pastures and rangelands. On a routine basis, they assess their capacity to sustainably produce animal protein in real-time, at global, regional and […]
We estimate the mitigation benefits of intensifying production in pasture-based Brazilian beef production systems. The amount of greenhouse gases emitted per kilogram of meat can be reduced by increasing the quality of the diet. Increasing diet quality can also lead to increased productivity per animal and production per hectare of land. When these effects are […]
The livestock sector is both a net greenhouse gas emitter and vulnerable to climate change. At the same time, it is an essential food source for millions of people worldwide. Here we estimate greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock (see figure). We also identify mitigation options that sustainably intensify livestock production, promote carbon sequestration in […]