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dc.contributorDouxchamps, Sabineen_US
dc.contributorVillegas, Danielen_US
dc.contributorArango, Jacoboen_US
dc.contributorPaul, Birtheen_US
dc.contributorBurkart, Stefanen_US
dc.contributorRao, Idupulapatien_US
dc.contributorKettle, Christopheren_US
dc.contributorRudel, Thomasen_US
dc.contributorVázquez, Eduardoen_US
dc.contributorTeutscherova, Nikolaen_US
dc.contributorGroot, Jeroenen_US
dc.contributorWironen, Michaelen_US
dc.contributorPulleman, Mirjamen_US
dc.contributorLouhaichi, Mouniren_US
dc.contributorHassan, Sawsanen_US
dc.contributorOberson, Astriden_US
dc.contributorNyawira, Sylviaen_US
dc.contributorPinares-Patino, Cesaren_US
dc.contributorPeters, Michaelen_US
dc.creatorNotenbaert, Anen_US
dc.identifier.citationAn Notenbaert, Sabine Douxchamps, Daniel Villegas, Jacobo Arango, Birthe Paul, Stefan Burkart, Idupulapati Rao, Christopher Kettle, Thomas Rudel, Eduardo Vázquez, Nikola Teutscherova, Jeroen Groot, Michael Wironen, Mirjam Pulleman, Mounir Louhaichi, Sawsan Hassan, Astrid Oberson, Sylvia Nyawira, Cesar Pinares-Patino, Michael Peters. (11/11/2021). Tapping into the Environmental Co-benefits of Improved Tropical Forages for an Agroecological Transformation of Livestock Production Systems. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 5.en_US
dc.description.abstractLivestock are critical for incomes, livelihoods, nutrition and ecosystems management throughout the global South. Livestock production and the consumption of livestock-based foods such as meat, cheese, and milk is, however, under global scrutiny for its contribution to global warming, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water use, pollution, and land/soil degradation. This paper argues that, although the environmental footprint of livestock production presents a real threat to planetary sustainability, also in the global south, this is highly contextual. Under certain context-specific management regimes livestock can deliver multiple benefits for people and planet. We provide evidence that a move toward sustainable intensification of livestock production is possible and could mitigate negative environmental impacts and even provide critical ecosystem services, such as improved soil health, carbon sequestration, and enhanced biodiversity on farms. The use of cultivated forages, many improved through selection or breeding and including grasses, legumes and trees, in integrated crop-tree-livestock systems is proposed as a stepping stone toward agroecological transformation. We introduce cultivated forages, explain their multi-functionality and provide an overview of where and to what extent the forages have been applied and how this has benefited people and the planet alike. We then examine their potential to contribute to the 13 principles of agroecology and find that integrating cultivated forages in mixed crop-tree-livestock systems follows a wide range of agroecological principles and increases the sustainability of livestock production across the globe. More research is, however, needed at the food system scale to fully understand the role of forages in the sociological and process aspects of agroecology. We make the case for further genetic improvement of cultivated forages and strong multi-disciplinary systems research to strengthen our understanding of the multidimensional impacts of forages and for managing agro-environmental trade-offs. We finish with a call for action, for the agroecological and livestock research and development communities to improve communication and join hands for a sustainable agri-food system transformation.en_US
dc.publisherFrontiers Media SAen_US
dc.sourceFrontiers in Sustainable Food Systems;5,(2021)en_US
dc.subjecttropical foragesen_US
dc.subjectimproved foragesen_US
dc.subjectcultivated foragesen_US
dc.subjectmixed crop-tree-livestock systemsen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental co-benefiten_US
dc.titleTapping into the Environmental Co-benefits of Improved Tropical Forages for an Agroecological Transformation of Livestock Production Systemsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idNotenbaert, An: 0000-0002-6266-2240en_US
cg.creator.idRao, Idupulapati: 0000-0002-8381-9358en_US
cg.creator.idPulleman, Mirjam: 0000-0001-9950-0176en_US
cg.creator.idLouhaichi, Mounir: 0000-0002-4543-7631en_US
cg.creator.idHassan, Sawsan: 0000-0002-5057-8957en_US
cg.creator.idPeters, Michael: 0000-0003-4237-3916en_US
cg.contributor.centerAlliance Bioversity International-International Center for Tropical Agriculture - ABCen_US
cg.contributor.centerSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich - ETH Zurichen_US
cg.contributor.centerRutgers University - Rutgersen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Bayreuthen_US
cg.contributor.centerCzech University of Life Sciences - CULSen_US
cg.contributor.centerWageningen University & Research Centre - WURen_US
cg.contributor.centerThe Nature Conservancy - TNCen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systems - LAFSen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.projectCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systemsen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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