Join us on a transformative journey towards a sustainable world with the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL). Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2011, GASL's mission is to empower the sustainability and resilience of livestock systems by providing crucial insights and knowledge. We achieve this through a dynamic multi-stakeholder partnership approach, uniting governments, NGOs, the private sector, social movements, academia, and international organizations. Together, we address the multifaceted challenges of livestock production and work collaboratively to create global solutions for sustainability.

Our upcoming global Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) meeting in Thailand is set to be a game-changer. We will explore the drivers of change impacting livestock systems and envision innovative solutions while focusing on the four critical domains of livestock sustainability: food and nutrition security, socio-economic considerations, health, and environmental factors.

This event will bring together approximately 200 participants from 35 countries across five continents, including ministers and vice-ministers from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. We will engage in discussions on shared responsibilities, emphasizing the well-being of people, animals, and ecosystems. Furthermore, in the morning of October 30th there will be a Press Conference with invited ministers, vice ministers and other high-level profiles. Our particular focus will be on livestock systems globally, with special attention given to those in South and South-East Asia.

We greatly value your presence at this event, providing you with the opportunity to witness GASL's accomplishments and gain insight into our Action Plan. Most importantly, your participation will provide an exclusive opportunity to engage in conversations with key stakeholders in the livestock sector, offering a fresh and invaluable perspective to our discussions.

The following agenda comprises a welcoming session with Thai authorities from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) , GASL, FAO, and Chiang Mai University (CMU) and a keynote session that will frame the knowledge on drivers of change to set the context for the four sessions of panel discussions that will address different drivers of change. A policy forum and three plenary events will highlight perspectives and solutions to address the impacts caused by these drivers. The meeting will end with a summary of actions to be taken by GASL and across livestock systems towards greater sustainability and resilience. Along with these main sessions the meeting will feature five field trips, five side events and a sharefair with exhibition booths from all over the world.

The sessions will be streamed on YouTube here and here. Registered participants will be able to access and interact via Zoom. Interpretation will be provided for plenary sessions in English, French, Spanish and Thai.  

General background

The 13th MSP meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) will take place at Chiang Mai, Thailand from 30 October to 3 November. In addition to the objectives mentioned above, focusing on livestock systems around the world and specifically on South-East Asia systems, the meeting will offer also a general overview of GASL, its achievements and will briefly outline the present 2022 – 2024 Action Plan and its alignment with the GASL Theory of Change. 

Technical background on drivers of change

Agrifood systems are shaped by fundamental factors, including agro-ecological potential, demand, technology, etc. Some of these drivers are long term, such as the relationship between income and animal source food consumption, leading to a gradual transformation, such as the decade-long shift to monogastrics and intensification of livestock systems. Other drivers, such as disease events, have short term consequences, some of them with the potential to disrupt existing supply and demand patterns.

In this context, livestock systems need to be viewed in their entirety and complexity stretching from primary resource use to consumption and waste, cutting across the GASL sustainability domains. Likewise, system resilience is understood as the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruption (deliberate attacks, accidents or naturally occurring threats or incidents)..

During the last few years, the world’s agrifood systems have been affected by growing instability, caused by geo-political tensions, global health events, climate change and new technologies. These drivers are triggering a transformation of livestock systems.

Additionally, it is useful to distinguish between drivers of change that relate to political, social, economic and cultural aspects (demographics, livelihoods, income, inflation, trade, demand,…); drivers related to natural resource availability and constraints (land, water, biodiversity, emissions, droughts,...); and One health related drivers (nutrition, food safety, emerging human and animal diseases,..). It is also useful to include “technological innovation” as another driver as it cuts across the different drivers, responding to drivers and accelerating change. While livestock systems are shaped by different drivers, they themselves impact these and other spheres.

 Geopolitical and socio-economic drivers

Growing geo-political conflicts and war have led to rising inflation (in particular food and energy prices) raising concerns over price and financial stability, particularly in low-income countries. Inflation hits poor people more than wealthy people and is leading to a decline in livestock source foods consumption among vulnerable segments of the population. Inflation is also discouraging long term investments as future value streams are more heavily discounted. Demographic drivers such as population growth and lifestyle preferences can also contribute substantially to change and adaption in food systems. Conflicts and war, together with the lessons from Covid have led countries to re-focus on food and energy security, and trade restrictions are now being applied to a growing number of items, including semi-conductors, telecommunications, rare minerals, access to social media, etc…

One health drivers

Recent global health events include Covid 19, a coronavirus of animal origin, causing millions of deaths and disease, severely disrupting societies and economies for most of 2020 to 2022. While Covid affected livestock systems less than other parts of the economy, it massively altered food consumption patterns and caused supply chain disruptions around the world, such as shortage of qualified personnel. Another recent health event is the on-going African swine fever (ASF) panzootic, mostly in Asia and in particular China, with a recent new surge that will affect 10% of pig production after leveling back to pre-panzootic pig numbers and triggering another import surge with global consequences on livestock source foods prices. The on-going ASF pandemic is also triggering a massive restructuring of pork systems in favour of large-scale production and processing units with high bio-security, and the associated rapid disappearance of small scale production.

Environmental drivers

Climate change is another driver of transformation. The aim of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius is now out of reach, and the surpassing of the Paris threshold is predicted for 2030. The well below 2 degrees target is also at risk. Climate change and extreme weather events will accelerate in the coming years and decades as most emissions stay in the atmosphere for decades/centuries. Climate change is affecting grazing systems (heat, feed production, water stress, emerging diseases (ticks)) but also intensive, concentrate-based production through higher variability and costs of production. These environmental changes will increase losses and damages and will threaten food security, in particular, for the most vulnerable countries and communities. There is also growing pressure for livestock systems, in particular ruminants, to reduce their methane emissions, which will influence consumption patterns and trade too.

Technological innovation drivers

Over time, technology advances have helped livestock systems to become incrementally more efficient and productive. Recent technological developments are creating new products that have the potential to replace or complement traditional livestock products, including plant-based, precision fermentation and synthetic meat. Whereas the trend to plant-based is probably long term (involving generational change), precision fermentation and lab meat could be more disruptive. A number of countries have started to provide legal frameworks for related products to enter the market.

Each of the above drivers has the potential to upset current patterns of livestock systems. However, as we have seen during Covid, these drivers interact and often are mutually supportive, creating a large potential of disruption that policy makers, researchers and practitioners need to deal with.

The 13th GASL MSP Meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Being a huge and diverse region, spanning all livestock systems, species and commodities produced, processed and managed in every way possible, in South-East Asia food insecurity and poverty arise amidst strong projected growth of the livestock sector with serious potential food security, socioeconomic, health and environmental implications.

In relation to this spectrum of new opportunities and challenges, and the likelihood of continued and in many cases unpredictable drivers, it is incumbent to consider carefully the role of GASL and how its unique multi-stakeholder partnership can contribute towards practical support for sustainable livestock by stakeholders across the region.

The global MSP meeting in Thailand will include sessions on each of these themes under the umbrella of the GASL livestock sustainability domains, bringing in a variety of perspectives. It will also provide the opportunity for related field trips and a sharefair with various types of exhibits. 


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ROUTE #01_ Mae On dairy cattle farm

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ROUTE #02_ Mae Tha organic eggs farm

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ROUTE #03_ San Kam Pang cattle farm

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ROUTE #04_ Chaiprakarn Dairy Agriculture Cooperative Limited
"Good dairy cooperative management with high milk yield and high milk quality." 

Visitor capability: 40 people

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ROUTE #05_ Huai Hong Khrai Royal Development Study Center: sufficiency economy for a sustainable life
(Conservation study on Frog Farming Section and fisheries Section)

Visitor capability: 100 people



Optional Hotels nearby to Centara Riverside Hotel Chiang Mai as follows


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The 13th GASL Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) will be held during 30 October 2023 - 3 November 2023 at Centara Riverside Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Centara Riverside Hotel Chiang Mai
322 Chiang Mai-Lam Phun Rd, Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000

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for Asia Pacific (VPHCAP) 

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai Univeristy
155 Moo.2, Mae Hia, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand
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