Alessandra Falcucci

Alessandra Falcucci

POSTPONED Friday, 13th March at 11:00, CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Rome
(new date tbc)

Alessandra Falcucci, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

The Impact of Livestock on the Global Environment


The sustainability of the livestock systems is the focus of growing public debate, extensively discussed in the media and increasingly on the agenda of high-level political meetings. Over the last 30 years, consumption of meat, milk and eggs in lower middle-income countries has more than tripled. Population growth, urbanisation, income gains and globalisation continue to fuel the “livestock revolution”. According to FAO projections, under a business-as-usual scenario, demand for meat will increase by a further 60% by 2030, compared to 2006, and by over 200% by 2050.

This represents a big source of challenges and opportunities on how to reduce environmental impacts, while continuing to meet society’s needs.


Alessandra Falcucci analyses spatial data, working with the Geographic Information Systems ArcGIS and Life Cycle to gain insights into environmental status. She has been working at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) since 2009 in the AGAL Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch. She has a PhD in conservation biology with specialisation in GIS earned at University of Idaho USA. Alessandra has, since the start, been integral to the implementation of the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model. She coordinates the GIS activities related to the livestock supplies chains both at global and country level.