GANARE: Regenerative Ranching


Regenerative ranching as a tool for biodiversity conservation

The Project

Regenerative ranching is a tool for conservation and the empowerment of ranchers to reach better levels of economic, environmental and cultural rentability, striving to become stewards of their natural resources while also maintaining sustainable livelihoods.

Context

Climate change and food production are two of the main challenges facing countries globally. In rural areas of Mexico, livestock farmers represent one of the most vulnerable sectors, given that their activities are unquestionably climate-dependent. Climate change adaptation and mitigation measures along value chains are essential for the well-being of producers, in addition to ensuring the production of sustainable, sufficient and good quality food.

Regenerative livestock farming seeks the recovery of soil fertility and the restoration of nutrient, energy and water cycles. It is based on planned rotational grazing practices, locally adapted livestock genetics, wildlife habitat restoration and erosion prevention. Together, these practices result in resilient and productive ecosystems capable of sustaining their use and conserving their biodiversity while operating as carbon sinks.

The GANARE project will first focus on four important livestock-producing states: Chiapas, Chihuahua, Jalisco and Veracruz, with a vision of scaling it up to a national level. 

The lines of work guiding GANARE's actions are:

  1. Promotion of financial and technical assistance models that facilitate the transition to sustainable production systems.
  2. Integration of livestock production properties into the country's conservation and ecological connectivity strategy.
  3. Capacity building in livestock communities to adopt regenerative practices that boost the economic profitability of the sector.

Ranching practices with a regenerative approach

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Achievements

GANARE includes the development of knowledge products through 25 consultancies between December 2018 and June 2022, highlighting:

  • Four socio-environmental and economic diagnostics on livestock activity.
  • Three methodologies for biodiversity monitoring in livestock areas.
  • A methodology for soil monitoring in livestock systems.
  • A cartographic database and a visualization portal.
  • An economic analysis of the profitability of conventional and sustainable production systems.
  • A characterization of the value chain.
  • An Environmental, Social and Gender Management Framework to mitigate the risks and impacts of livestock practices.
  • Two diagnoses of technical and business capacities.
  • A perception study on farmers' motivations for adopting sustainable practices. 
En el primer semestre de 2022, GANARE concluyó las 25 consultorías, mismas que contribuyeron con información técnica de referencia relevante para el diseño de los proyectos CONECTA y RÍOS.
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Donors and Partners

Donor:

  • French Development Agency