Uruguay-Climate Change Mitigation and Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean
"The Government of New Zealand, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (Fontagro) signed an agreement to work together for the first time on climate change mitigation and agriculture projects in Latin America and the Caribbean to improve the national greenhouse gases inventories and develop mitigation options adapted to the farming conditions of each country.
In Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia, agriculture is the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, representing 76%, 44% and 45% of total emissions respectively. One of the major issues is beef cattle production, which is both an important source of income to the local economies, and a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
The project will be coordinated by the National Institute of Industry and Agriculture (INIA) of Uruguay and will be implemented by a consortium of national research institutions and universities of Latin America with a contribution of Programa Cooperativo para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agroalimentario y Agroindustrial del Cono Sur (PROCISUR) and the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC)."