Environmental Biologist at the Tropical Forages Program at CIAT  



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“Many of us can choose what we eat. But millions of people cannot, and animal-sourced products are essential to diets across the globe. But these products are at the center of the climate change debate because of methane emissions, land use and deforestation. To help mitigate climate change, we need sustainable livestock production in developing countries and better land-use practices.” 


Jacobo began working with the IPCC in 2019 and is a co-author of the upcoming sixth assessment report. He also is part of an IPCC working group for long-term mitigation goals and climate scenarios. 

Based in Cali, Colombia, Jacobo’s research focuses on how forages and efficient land use in the livestock sector can reduce nitrogen and carbon emissions. He leads the LivestockPlus project, supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The project facilitates the development and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Costa Rica and Colombia. He holds a Ph.D. in plant science from Freiburg University in Germany and did postdoctoral research at Michigan State University and CIAT. 


Tropical Grass Genetic Breakthrough Helps Develop Climate-friendly Cattle Farms 
Fighting Global Warming Requires Changes In How Cows Are Fed 
• Cattle urine’s planet-warming power can be curtailed with land restoration


The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.


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