Feed and Fodder

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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

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