Livestock and climate change. Going beyond preconceived ideas and recognizing the contribution of small-scale livestock farming facing climate change
VSF International position paper, 2013.
Agriculture is often seen as a large contributor to climate change, through the emission of greenhouse gases. At the same time, food production and income for rural communities are strongly affected by the same climate change through increased droughts, floods, storms, and adverse weather patterns.
In changing environments, small-scale livestock farming and mobility through pastoralism, can offer solution to the threats caused by climate change by generating a low carbon footprint, improving resilience to climate variability and contributing to food security of the most vulnerable populations.
VSF is strongly committed to support and promote small-scale livestock farming and pastoral systems with low GHG emissions and a and a greater climate adaptability.
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