The Sustainable Intensification Decision Support System (SIDESS)

General Description:

This tool provides information on existing ruminant livestock systems and is still under development. When completed, it will display information about the production systems for cows, sheep and goats in different countries and regions. Information for the whole world will be available based on global analysis set forth in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013. The tool will display more detailed information for countries that are target for the project, initially Colombia, Rwanda and Vietnam.  This information will describe the production characteristics, extent and output of the different production systems, including their greenhouse gas emissions.  It will also identify opportunities and constraints to increasing production while reducing emissions for each kilogram of meat or milk.  Separate parts of the tool will display information (a) on typical or “representative farms,” (b) information about real farms and (c) information obtained from studies.  Although the main part of the tool displays this information, researchers around the world are invited to obtain the ability to input data on representative farms, real farms or studies directly into the tool, and their contributions will be recognized. 

One purpose of the tool is to allow governments, farm groups, and interested organizations to develop strategies for increasing production while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ruminant livestock in countries and subregions.  Another purpose is to create a global information platform to improve our understanding of production systems, and to track progress.


To see the display of information in the SIDESS tool, click on the map browser.  From there, you can choose to see information by region and country from the "global information source” or to click on one of the target countries with more detailed information.  Researchers seeking to input data should click on “insert/edit farm data” on the left.  Those wishing to see information about studies, should click on the “studies” page on the left.