Training Program Supports Livestock Farmers in Belize’s Cattle Industry
Livestock being one of the highest exports in Belize, it was all the buzz in Emory Grove Village yesterday as thirteen cattle farmers participated in a training program. This training was in partnership with the Belize Livestock Producers Associates (BLPA) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP GEF) to assist cattle farmers in their production. National Coordinator of the UNDP GEF, Leonel Requena explained that the training will help livestock farmers in multiple areas of their work, a main one being coping with the effects of climate change.
Leonel Requena, National Coordinator, UNDP GEF: “The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program is pleased to have a partnership with the Belize Livestock Producers Association to build the resilience of livestock farmers in Belize, especially to cope with the effects of climate change and certainly to invest in new genetics for the livestock industry and also investing in the farmer field school approach which certainly is a hands-on, learn-by-doing approach where farmers are able to learn how to develop multi-nutritional blocks, and of course, use the farmer field school approach to manage their pastures in an Agro-Sylvo-Pastoral manner enhancing their livestock productivity, while at the same time investing, and of course, safeguarding important natural resource, and enhances the livestock producers to cope with climatic shocks.”