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Regional consultation on multi-stakeholder collaboration to strengthen sustainability and resilience of livestock systems in South and Southeast Asia




Hybrid (ICIMOD and online)

Date & Time

05 October 2023 to 06 October 2023

Organisers: ICIMOD, GASL


About the workshop

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) is hosting its 13th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) meeting. As a process leading to this meeting, ICIMOD is organising a regional meeting for South and South-East Asia in collaboration with GASL.

One of the objectives of the meeting is to link identified drivers to the four major livestock sustainability domains adopted by GASL – livelihoods and economic growth; food and nutrition security; animal health and animal welfare; climate and natural resource use). ICIMOD’s work on the intervention on managing high-altitude rangelands and wetlands for multiple benefits includes pastoral livestock production. ICIMOD is also a signatory in supporting the celebration of the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism 2026.

The workshop will adopt a hybrid format, comprising engaging sessions that include keynote speeches, presentations, discussions, and dialogues.



  • Understanding drivers of change: Explore the principal drivers of change in South and Southeast Asian livestock production systems and assess their impact within the context of the GASL sustainability domains
  • Mapping multi-stakeholder partnerships opportunities: Identify areas where MSPs are needed to develop practice and policy solutions that address the challenges posed by these drivers
  • Regional collaboration: Foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among stakeholders, including policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and industry representatives, to strengthen regional efforts toward resilient and sustainable livestock systems including, for those interested, a road map to the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism 2026


Expected outputs

  • Enhanced understanding of the interplay between drivers of change and their implications for livestock systems within the GASL sustainability domains
  • Identification of priority areas for MSPs to develop and implement practice and policy solutions for sustainable livestock production
  • Strengthened regional collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders, contributing to the shared goal of resilient and prosperous livestock systems including, for those interested, a roadmap towards the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism 2026
  • A meeting report that will describe in detail the main take away messages



The workshop will bring together a diverse group participants, including policymakers, researchers, practitioners, industry representatives, and other stakeholders.



Livestock production systems in South and Southeast Asia are undergoing significant transformation driven by a confluence of diverse and impactful drivers. Geopolitical and socio-economic factors are resulting in rising inflation diminishing the consumption of livestock-derived foods and impeding long-term investments. Demographic shifts, such as population growth and changing lifestyle preferences, further contribute to the evolving landscape of food systems, including livestock production. Health drivers, exemplified by recent global health events are exerting profound effects. Environmental drivers, most notably climate change, are reshaping livestock production systems through changing grazing patterns, intensification challenges, and the imperative to reduce methane emissions. Technological innovation and advancement including disease diagnosis, breeding, reproduction, vaccinations, and even the integration of livestock apps, all drive systemic changes in livestock management. These changes will particularly impact vulnerable communities, heightening concerns about food security.

Each of the drivers have the potential to cause changes in current patterns of livestock systems either individually or together, while the cumulative impact of these drivers has the potential to fundamentally alter the current patterns of livestock production systems, necessitating adaptive strategies to ensure sustainability and resilience in the face of these multifaceted challenges.



Time (NPT) Session Presenter/facilitator
09:0009:30 Registration Rekha Rasaily, ICIMOD
09:3010:45 Opening session

Welcome remarks – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD (10 minutes)

Address – Shirley Tarawali, Chair, GASL (10 minutes)-Online/ recorded

Workshop objectives and workshop agenda – Nitya Ghotge, GASL (10 minutes)

Keynote speeches

  • Long Ruijun, Distinguished Professor, Lanzhou University, China (20 minutes)

Keynote address- Dr. Rewati Raman Paudel, Secretary, MOALD (10 minutes)

Opening address – Mr Ken Shimizu, FAO Representative-Nepal/Bhutan (10 minutes)

Vote of thanks – Nitya Ghotge (5 minutes)


Tashi Dorji, ICIMOD

10:4511:15 Group photo and tea/coffee break


Session II: Thematic presentation Sustainability of livestock production and industry, drivers of change and impacts

  • Environmental – Veerasamy Sejian, Professor, RGIVERP (15 minutes)
  • One health – Tashi Yangzome Dorji, Director, Department of Livestock, Bhutan (15 minutes)
  • Socio economic and geopolitical, – Mehroosh Tak, Senior Lecturer in Economics of food systems, RVC London (15 minutes) –online/recorded

Questions and Discussions

Yi Shaoliang, ICIMOD
12:3013:30 Lunch break
13:3015:00 Session III: Group discussions sustainability, drivers of change, and impacts

What drivers of change and in what degree are they affecting the region? What do they mean for regional livestock production and industry according to the four GASL sustainability domains: 1) Livelihoods and economic growth; 2) Food and Nutrition Security; 3) Animal Health and Animal Welfare; and 4) Climate and natural resource use.

  • Two groups on sedentary production systems (Nitya, Kesang)
  • One group on pastoralism (Srijana, Yi)
  • One group on communities (Tashi, Ramesh)
Facilitator: ICIMOD & GASL

There will be guiding questions and template for the group exercise

  • interplay between drivers of change and their implications for livestock systems
  • priority areas for MSPs to develop and implement practice and policy solutions
  • regional collaboration and partnerships
15:0015:15 Tea/coffee break  
15:1515:45 Session III (continued)

Presentation of key messages from the respective Groups, followed by discussions.

15:4516:55 Session IV: Panel session experiences from the ground

Interactive feedback session with representatives of Policy makers, researchers, youth, and grass-root practitioners from South and Southeast Asia.

Panel members:

  1.  Dr. Akma binti Ngah Hamid, Director General, Department of Veterinary Services, Malaysia
  2. Dr. Agustin Herliatika, Youth Advisory Group, GASL, Indonesia
  3. Dr. Thansamay Vorlaphim, Laos PDR
  4. Dr. Md. Mahbubul Alam Bhuiyan, Deputy Director, Department of Livestock Services, Bangladesh
  5. Dr. Asim Faraz, Assistant Professor, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan
  6. Dr. Rashmi Singh, Research Engagement and Communication:  PASTRES, India
  7. Dr. Nedup Dorji, Lecturer, Royal University of Bhutan
  8. Dr. Neena Amatya Gorkhali, Director, Livestock and Fisheries Research, NARC, Nepal

Nitya Ghotge, GASL

Panel questions will be prepared and shared with the panelist ahead of the event

16:5517:00 Closing of the day

Time (NPT) Session Presenter/facilitator
09:0009:25 Registration Rekha Rasaily, ICIMOD
09:25- 09:30 Welcome and introduction for day 2 Nitya Ghotge, GASL
09:30 – 09:45 Address by Global Co-chair of the UN Declared IYRP Igshaan Samuels, IYRP
09:45–10:00 Recapturing Day 1 and Agenda of Day 2 Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD
10:00–12:30 Session V: Multi-stakeholder partnerships-triggering policy change solutions for sustainable livestock in South and South-east Asia Facilitator:

Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD

10:00-10:10 Thematic presentation: Successful case examples of MSP in relation to the four livestock sustainability domains of GASL & progress of GASL Action Plan 2022-2024 Nitya Ghotge, GASL
10:10-12:30 Group exercise: Where and for what livestock activities is an MSP approach needed to support practice and policy solutions for dealing with the pressures caused by the drivers of change?

Three Groups

  • Two to Three Groups (Dairy Asia Network; ILRI/Heifer International etc)-Nitya
  • One group on International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism (IYRP 2026)-Tashi
Facilitators: Nitya Ghotge, GASL and Tashi Dorji, ICIMOD

Guiding questions and template will be prepared for group exercise

12:3013:30 Lunch break
13:3014:00 Presentation of the group work and discussions
14:0014:40 Session VI: Closing of the workshop

Summary – Key message from South and Southeast-Asia to the 13th MSP meeting (Nitya Ghotge and Tashi Dorji)

Closing remarks – (Bandana Shakya, ICIMOD)

14:4015:00 Tea/Coffee
Optional after 15:00: Visit to ICIMOD Living Mountain Lab, Godavari or Return to hotel