July 28th, 2017

Vegetable species for environmental sustainability in livestock farming

- Blog post by Miguel Romero Sánchez -

This past June 16th in the city of Florencia, Caquetá, we held the launch of the booklet “Especies vegetales útiles para sistemas silvopastoriles del Caquetá, Colombia(In English: Useful vegetable species for silvopastoral systems of Caquetá, Colombia). This manual (available in Spanish) is the product of a prioritization exercise on useful species employed in silvopastoral systems in the Northern Amazon of Colombia, which was carried out with livestock farmers from the Caquetá region and with the support of the technical teams of the Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes project, implemented by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture – CIAT, and the program Chiribiquete, executed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Both projects are part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

The material shared here contains useful information about the characteristics of grass, legume, and shrub species that can be employed in the establishment of a silvopastoral system in Caquetá, as well as also presents some recommendations for the planting, management and use of these species.

The information is part of the work and experience of various institutions that work towards environmental sustainable in the region, such as La Fundación Centro para la Investigación en Sistemas Sostenibles de Producción Agropecuaria – CIPAV, La Universidad de la Amazonia –UNIAMAZ, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture – CIAT, y la Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ.


The launch of the manual was carried out within the framework of the closing event of the program “Strengthening of Colombia’s National Parks System to Promote Climate Change Mitigation and Biodiversity Conservation – Project Chiribiquete” which, together with the Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes project, has as an objective to lead the way towards making Caquetá a more competitive and environmentally friendly department.

We hope that this document serves as a practical guide for those who are interested in making livestock farming a sustainable activity.