Grain legumes and dryland cereals are not only important for the food security of millions of smallholder farmers in drylands. They can be cultivated as animal feed. Crop residues ( such as stovers, straws and haulms) provide good fodder resources. As feeding livestock could be a challenge but also a driver of rural development in developing countries, crop breeders are now searching for dual purpose (food and fodder) improved varieties.
600 million - Number of poor smallholder farmers whose livelihoods depends on livestock
2/3 - Extent of global population that lives in mixed crop-livestock farming systems
80% - Population in developing countries dependent on mixed systems as the main livelihood
40% - Share of crop residues in livestock feed resources in Indiain. This could rise to 70% by 2020
2-3 tons - Farmers yield of crop residues per hectare, the equivalent of mulch requirement in conservation agriculture in the SAT