GreenBeef is an international climate action organization committed to the implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation initiatives for the production of greenbeef and the management of the Africa livestock climate data explorer for the sharing of climate adaptation knowledge to enhance climate resiliency in Africa.
GreenBeeef was founded by Moses Nganwani Tia. Tia is an international climate change scientist committed to the implementation of climate actions that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from Agriculture, Forestry, and other Land related use – AFOLU. Tia is an Eisenhower fellow, a Mandela Washington fellow, and a Global farmer fellow-GFN.
The greenbeef climate change research station in Ghana is Africa’s leading on-farm research station providing real-time tier 1 data on the emission of greenhouse gases by livestock. Our Africa livestock climate data explorer provides climate adaptation knowledge that enhances climate resiliency in Africa.
Welcome to greenbeef
A cow on average releases between 70Kg-200kg of enteric methane – CH4 gas per year. The emission of enteric methane – CH4 gas by cattle has a 23% more impact on climate change than carbon-dioxide – Co2 gas. Methane – CH4 gas is an aggressive greenhouse gas because it has a high capacity to absorb infrared radiations.
Global methane gas concentration in the atmosphere rose from 722ppb in pre-industrial times to 1866ppb by 2019, an increase by a factor of 2.5 the highest in at least 800,000 years. The Sahel belt of Africa has over the years experienced extreme impact of climate change (drought, flood, loss of pasture, rise in temperature, pest and diseases, etc.); leading to violent conflicts between nomads and farming communities over grazing land and other natural resources.
Annually, livestock produce about 86.6 million tons of methane gas of which more than 80% (74.5 million tons) is as a result of digestive fermentation with liquid livestock manure producing 31.1 million tons of methane gas. More than 40% of global livestock will be in Africa by 2050 thus accounting for more than 40% of global methane gas emissions.
Livestock currently uses 30% of earth’s entire land surface for permanent pasture and 33% of the global arable land for the production of forage for livestock. Global meat production is projected to more than double from 229 million tons in 1999/2001 to 465 million tons in 2050, while milk output is set to increase from 580 to 1043 million tons.
At greenbeef.org greenbeef is beef produced by a cow with an average emission of 10Kg of enteric methane gas from farm to fork. The goal of greenbeef.org is to reduce the emission of enteric methane-CH4 gas by 200Kg/4’600ppm of Carbon dioxide – Co2 gas per cow from farm to fork in Africa.
The next time you see a cow remember that it is one of the neglected highest emitter of greenhouse gases, emitting methane gas on average 70Kg-120Kg/ 161,000 ppm – 276,000 ppm of Co2 gas annually that need to be tracked, measured, and reduced.
The implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation actions for the production of greenbeef and the management of the Africa livestock climate data explorer for the sharing of climate adaptation knowledge to enhance climate resiliency in Africa.
The production of greenbeef with an average emission of 10kg of enteric methane gas from farm to fork; and the management of an Africa livestock climate data explorer that provide real time tier 1 data on the emission of enteric methane-CH4 and Nitrous oxide-N20 gases from livestock in Africa.