Impoving livestock productivity also reduces their environmental impact

Agricultural development programmes, such as those funded by the New Zealand Government, recognise that small holder farmers in developing countries face significant barriers in maintaining secure livelihoods.

Ideally, agricultural development programmes increase on-farm productivity whilst also improving emissions efficiency and building resilience to the effects of climate change.

This so-called ‘triple win’ is a worthy pursuit; however, how does it actually occur at ground level?

To help answer this question, the Zambia Dairy Transformation Programme (ZDTP) was fortunate to be selected to participate in a study involving six New Zealand-funded agricultural aid projects that determined the greenhouse gas emission ‘footprint’ of cattle on dairy and beef farms.

Read more about the study here.