Livestock, Climate Change and Food Security
Madrid, May 19-20, 2014

Day 1


8:30 Arrival and registration
9:00 Welcome from UPM. Introducing the AnimalChange project and FACCE JPI

(Jean-François Soussana, INRA, France)

9:30. Plenary Session 1. Setting the global Scene: Livestock Futures and Food Security under Climate Change

  • Livestock in the Frame: Exploring alternative Visions of Sustainability

(Tara Garnett, Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, UK)

  • Livestock in the XXIst Century: Alternative Futures

(Petr Havlik, IIASA, Austria)

  • Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability for Agriculture

(Mark Howden, CSIRO, Australia)


11:15 Coffee break and poster viewing: Poster Session 1


12:15. Parallel Session 1a.: Climate Change Impacts

  • 1.a.1: What is the Impact of closing the global Gap in Pasture Performance on Land Use for Food and Energy in a Carbon and Land-constrained World?

(John Sheehan, University of Minnesota, USA)

  • 1.a.2: Reconciling the Impacts of Extreme Rainfall Events and Extended Drought on Pasture and Livestock Production: a New Method for Generating Synthetic Climate Sequences

(Matthew Harrison, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Australia)

  • 1.a.3: MACSUR liveM – A Knowledge-Hub for integrated Modelling of Climate Change Impacts on Livestock Production Systems: Lessons learned and future Developments

(Eli R. Saetnan, Aberystwyth University, UK)

  • 1.a.4: The Influence of GHG Metrics on Quantification of Agricultural Emissions and Mitigation Options

(Andy Reisinger, NZ Agricultural GHG Research Center, New Zealand)


12:15. Parallel Session 1b.: Mitigation Options for Livestock

  • 1.b.1: The Influence of Fat Supplement and Roughage Type on Feces Composition and Methane Yield from Dairy Cows

(Verónica Moset Hernández, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • 1.b.2: Nitrous Oxide Emission partly alleviates the Methane Mitigation Effect of Nitrate Intake by dairy Cattle

(Søren O. Petersen, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • 1.b.3: Ammonia and Greenhouse Gases Emission from Slurry Storage with impermeable Cover and Landspreading of Cattle Slurry

(Maialen Viguria, NEIKER-Tecnalia, Spain)

  • 1.b.4: Methane Emission by Beef Steers on natural Grassland in Southern Brazil

(Teresa Genro, EMBRAPA Southern Region Animal Husbandry, Brazil)


13:15 Lunch

14:15 Plenary Session 2. Understanding the technical Potential for Mitigation and Adaptation

  •  IPCC WGIII Findings on Animal Agriculture Mitigation Potential

(Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen, UK)

  • The Complexity of System Boundaries when it comes to Mitigation Measures

(Christel Cederberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

  • Climate Change and Livestock: Impacts and Adaptation

(Jean-François Soussana, INRA, France)


16:00 Coffee break and posters viewing: Poster Session 2


17:00 Parallel Session 2a.: Mitigation Options for Grasslands

  • 2.a.1: Gain of Nitrogen from Legumes in Grassland is robust over a wide Range of Mixture Legume Proportion and Environmental Conditions

(Matthias Suter, WBF-Agroscope, Switzerland)

  • 2.a.2: Paired Eddy Flux Tower Experiments and Modelling Carbon Fluxes show stronger Carbon Sink Activity under Grazing than Mowing

(Abad Chabbi, INRA, France, & Zoltán Nagy, Szent István University-IBE, Hungary)

  • 2.a.3: Mitigating GHG Emissions from Ruminant Livestock Systems through the Management of Carbon Sequestration in Grasslands

(Katja Klumpp, INRA, France)

  • 2.a.4: Capacity of tropical permanent Pastures to restore Soil Carbon Storage after Deforestation of the Amazonian Forest

(Vincent Blanfort, CIRAD, France)

17:00 Parallel Session 2b.: Adaptation Options for Livestock and Grasslands

  • 2.b.1: Principles of Climate Change Adaptation in Livestock Systems

(Jørgen E. Olesen, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • 2.b.2: Impact of Heat Stress on Production in Holstein Cattle in four EU Regions. Selection Tools.

(Maria B. Carabaño, INIA, Spain)

  • 2.b.3: Potential Use of Forage Legume Intercropping Technologies to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change Impacts on mixed Crop-Livestock Systems in Africa

(Abubeker Hassen, University of Pretoria, South Africa)

  • 2.b.4: Livestock and Climate Change in East Africa: exploring Combinations of Adaptation and Mitigation Options

(Silvia Silvestri, ILRI, Kenya)


18:00 End of day 1

19:00 Conference Dinner

Day 2

8:45. Plenary Session 3. Framing the Options: the Farm and Landscape Scales

  • Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in extensive grazing Systems

(Mario Herrero, CSIRO, Australia)

  • Integrating Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Change in intensive Animal Production Systems

(Frank O’Mara, Teagasc, Ireland)

  • Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in Smallholder farming Systems: a Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

(Ken Giller & Katrien Descheemaeker, Wageningen University, The Netherlands)


10:30 Coffee break and poster viewing: Poster Session 3


11:15 Parallel session 3a.: The Farm Scale

  • 3.a.1: Mitigation Options in Perspective of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Production on European Dairy Farms

(Marcia Stienezen, DLO WUR Livestock Research, The Netherlands)

  • 3.a.2: A Sequential Participatory Design Approach to adapt Grassland-based Livestock Systems to Climate Change

(Marion Sautier, INRA, France)

  • 3.a.3: Adoption of Farm-level Adaptation Strategies in Africa: a Review of recent Research and an Adoption Index

(Silvestre García de Jalón, Technical University of Madrid, Spain)

  • 3.a.4: Ex-ante Farm-Scale Analysis of the Impacts of Livestock Intensification on Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Mixed Millet-Groundnut-Beef Cattle Systems in Senegal

(Jonathan Vayssières, CIRAD, Senegal)

11:15 Parallel session 3b.: The Landscape and regional Scale

  • 3.b.1: Adaptation to Climate Change in the global Livestock Sector and Mitigation Co-benefits

(Jens Heinke, ILRI, Kenya)

  • 3.b.2: The Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Potential of the World’s Grazinglands

(Alessandra Falcucci, FAO, Italy)

  • 3.b.3: Assessment of Uncertainties in Greenhouse Gas Emission Profiles of Livestock Sectors in Europe, Latin America and Africa

(Hans Kros, Alterra Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)

  • 3.b.4: Mitigation of GHG Emissions in Livestock Production Systems: assessing Potential from Modeling Packages of Options at regional Level

(Anne Mottet, FAO, Italy)


12:15 Lunch

13:15 Plenary Session 4. Framing the Options: the national/regional Scales

  • Ambitions versus Constraints: some further economic Issues relevant to sustainable Intensification of Agriculture

(Dominic Moran, SRUC, UK)

  • Barriers to Uptake

(Ana Iglesias, Technical University of Madrid, Spain)

  • How to shorten Livestock Shadows? Practice and Opportunities of Policy Instruments in Latin America

(Andreas Jenet, CATIE, Costa Rica)


15:00 Coffee break and poster viewing: Poster Session 4


15:45 Session 4a.: Policy and Economics

  • 4.a.1: Bioeconomic Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Agrifood Markets: a global Approach with a Focus on the EU

(Maria Blanco, Technical University of Madrid, Spain)

  • 4.a.2: Preparing Australian Dairy Businesses for extreme and more variable Climates – a Research Project integrating economic, biophysical and social Aspects

(Matthew Harrison, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Australia)

  • 4.a.3: Climate Change systemic Adaptation and financial Value across the southern Australian Livestock Industry

(Afshin Ghahramani, CSIRO, Australia)

  • 4.a.4: Potential Effects of Climate Change on the European Grassland Production : Impact Assessment of far Future

(Parisa Aghajanzadeh-Darzi, INRA, France)

15:45 Session 4b.: Social and behavioral Changes

  • 4.b.1: Intensification of Grassland and Forage Use; Driving Forces and Constraints

(Peter Kuikman, Alterra Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)

  • 4.b.2: Reduction of GHG Emissions by regional specific reduced Livestock Production resulting from dietary Changes in the EU

(Natasa Sikirica, Alterra Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)

  • 4.b.3: What drives Pastoralists’ Vulnerability to global environmental Change? A qualitative Meta-Analysis

(Marta G. Rivera-Ferre, University of VicCentral University of Catalonia, Spain)

  • 4.b.4: A Framework for targeting and scaling out Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in agricultural Systems

(An Notenbaert, CIAT, Kenya)


16:45 Coffee break


17:00 Plenary Round Table: Addressing Options and Policies

  • The Economics of Resilience to Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

(Cees de Haan, World Bank, USA)


  • Round Table

Antonia Andúgar, COPA-COGECA, Europe

Cees de Haan, World Bank

Anne Mottet, FAO, AGAL

Marina Piatto, Imaflora, Brasil

Katia Roesch,Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, France

Jean-François Soussana, INRA, France


18:00 Concluding remarks

18:30 End of meeting

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