Colombia embraces new approach to reduce emissions from agriculture, sustain food security

Analysis shows that increasing efficiency and productivity of the livestock sector will reduce the area allocated to pasture and slow deforestation in the Colombian Amazon. Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)

Researchers find that investments in livestock productivity and land-carrying capacity in Colombia would reduce deforestation, offset greater emissions from increased crop production, and generate higher profits.

A team of researchers led by Alex De Pinto, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), has identified agricultural options that support climate change mitigation and resilience and are compatible with national development goals. Policymakers in Colombia used the results in 2015 to (i) develop national policies that mitigate emissions and (ii) inform their commitment to mitigate climate change under the Paris Climate Agreement. The authors suggest that other countries can do the same.