Topic outline

This course analyses the role of livestock production in climate-smart agriculture. It describes the importance of livestock production to food security and identifies adaptation and mitigation strategies and practices along the entire livestock supply chain. It also illustrates how livestock keeping is itself an adaptation strategy and how the sector can contribute to the global mitigation effort.


This course addresses the subject matter from a technical perspective, but is written for the general public. Individuals who would especially benefit from taking the course include:

  • Policy makers
  • Development practitioners and programme managers
  • Sectoral specialists and academics
  • Trainers and extension agents

  • The impact of climate change on livestock and how livestock production contributes to climate change
  • The importance of livestock production to food security
  • Strategies for achieving climate-smart livestock (resource use efficiency, waste management and soil sequestration) and livestock keeping as an adaptation strategy
  • How to overcome barriers to climate-smart livestock production

The course consists of 4 lessons, ranging from approximately 35 to 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to livestock production and climate change
  • Lesson 2 – Climate-smart strategies for livestock production
  • Lesson 3 – Climate-smart livestock production systems in practice
  • Lesson 4 – Creation of an enabling environment for climate-smart crop production

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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