We work with goat farmers to help them incorporate and improve regenerative practices on their farms so they can increase their yields while conserving and positively impacting local areas of high natural value.
In Spain, the sheep and goat sector represents 12% of final livestock production. Goats are mainly farmed in the south and centre of the country.
Goats’ physical characteristics have long made them part of extensive and semi-extensive production models, in particular in arid and semi-desert areas. This has helped to conserve the local environment and create jobs in these regions, as well as generating quality produce in challenging ecological environments. However, in the last two decades goat farming has faced major changes linked to the consumption of goat products, and these have directly impacted the form of production. At the same time, the production model has shifted towards more intensive alternatives.
At Fundación Global Nature we want to increase awareness of goat farming as a livelihood that supports biodiversity conservation in suitable environments. Our approach focuses on demonstrating, through pilot farms, the benefits of sustainable grazing and extensive livestock farming.
We work with pilot experiences in three Spanish regions home to high biodiversity areas that need to be preserved and where goat farming is a key enabler: Castile-La Mancha, Extremadura and Valencia.
Knowledge transfer is an essential part of this initiative, which prioritises training for job profiles related to goat production, particularly in livestock farming, technical positions and primary sector organisations.
This project came into being thanks to the support of Kering and Conservation International through their Regenerative Fund for Nature created to support the fashion industry’s transition to regenerative agriculture. The project’s goal is to transform 1,000,000 hectares of cropland and rangeland into regenerative grazing areas over the next five years.