Hybrid (ICIMOD and online)
05 October 2023 to
06 October 2023
Tashi Dorji & Srijana Joshi
Organisers: ICIMOD, GASL
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.
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.
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 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
Questions and Discussions
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.
There will be guiding questions and template for the group exercise
Presentation of key messages from the respective Groups, followed by discussions.
Interactive feedback session with representatives of Policy makers, researchers, youth, and grass-root practitioners from South and Southeast Asia.
Nitya Ghotge, GASL
Panel questions will be prepared and shared with the panelist ahead of the event
Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD
Guiding questions and template will be prepared for group exercise
Summary – Key message from South and Southeast-Asia to the 13th MSP meeting (Nitya Ghotge and Tashi Dorji)
Closing remarks – (Bandana Shakya, ICIMOD)