Livestock and Manure Management
The Livestock and Manure Management Component (LMMC) of the CCAC Agriculture Initiative to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) supports the adoption of integrated manure management practices across the globe by increasing knowledge and awareness, removing barriers to action and enhancing practice change.
Livestock play an important role in global food production and in agricultural and rural economies in many developing regions. While the livestock sector is one of the fastest growing subsectors of agriculture, it is also an important contributor to anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in which manure and manure management account for 10% of total livestock emissions.
Manure is a valuable source of nutrients, organic matter and renewable energy. However, manure management is often poor and as a consequence, nutrients and organic matter are lost, causing environmental and climate problems and threatening public health.
The overall goal of the Livestock and Manure Management Component (LMMC) is to integrate manure management practices into livestock systems and improve existing practices to reduce SLCPs and other harmful emissions to the environment, capture methane as an energy source, and optimise nutrient utilisation for crop production by managing and removing barriers to action with a view toward enhancing food security and sustainable development.
The Livestock and Manure Management Component focuses its actions in Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Latin America. The project is coordinated by a Central Hub (consisting of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and Wageningen UR), working in close collaboration with three Regional Centres (Stockholm Environment Institute in Bangkok, the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in San Jose). Together the LMMC identifies opportunities and conducts work in regions, builds networks and partnerships, gathers information, and implements projects.
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