Central America

Gladys Gonzales stands with her cows in central Nicaragua. Retaining forests helps reduce the environmental impact of cattle ranching.

Silvopastoral Systems: A Win-Win for Cattle Ranchers and the Environment

In Nicaragua, agriculture — and livestock production, in particular — is a primary driver of deforestation. Over the years, as cattle ranching has increased, so has land degradation throughout the country. By adopting silvopastoral systems, which integrate trees, shrubs, and grasses with livestock, farmers can improve their livelihoods and restore local ecosystems.

Agriculture, Environmental Sustainability