On August 20 the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) gave its full support to the LMMC Opportunity for Practice Change aiming at improving regional policy frameworks. With this political support the ministers of agriculture of the Central American countries acknowledge the value of livestock manure from confined livestock systems for the production of bio-fertilizers and renewable energy. As Cristóbal Villanueva, researcher at CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and representing the LMMC explains: “With this important political support, the Central American countries may adjust and improve the current policies and political conditions that enable comprehensive manure management in the different livestock production systems, and thereby obtain the greatest possible social, economic, and environmental benefits.”
According to Villanueva, the objective of sustainable livestock is to generate multiple benefits. Integrated manure management is important for this focus, as manure represents an opportunity to produce bio-fertilizers and biogas, which in turn can benefit food security, public health, and families in rural areas in terms of revenue. As a co-benefit, it can reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and contribute to aquatic ecosystem conservation.
The LMMC initiative was presented in El Salvador by CATIE and its implementing partner the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).