Crop-Livestock Management in Slopeland areas of the Philippines

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In the Philippines, cropland makes up a third of the total land area – nearly 2/3s of the land area is upland and erosion prone. These croplands have been trditionally monocrops of rice, corn, sugarcane and coconut. Approximately 60% of the land is considered eroded and the country continues losing soil at the rate of […]

Adoption of sweet potato for food and feed in mixed crop-livestock systems

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Mixed crop–livestock systems have a crucial role to play in meeting the agricultural production chal- lenges of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Sweet potato is seen as a potential remedial crop for these farmers because of its high productivity and low input requirements, while its usefulness for both food and feed (dual-purpose) make it attractive […]

Self Sufficiency through Integrated Crop Livestock Systems in Brittany

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In grassland plots, synergies between grasses and legumes benefit biomass production, while grazing animals fulfill three functions; harvest and distribute their own feed; return nutrients to the soil, and help to control weeds, thus minimising mechanical interventions and costs of fuel. Grazing management is the key to the efficiency of this system; the grassland is […]

Shifting from cattle ranching to Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems in Amazonia

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A grazing system based on one species (Brachiaria brizantha, representing 90% of sown grass in Amazoni)  with Nelore zebu cattle, is adapted to marginal regions with little need for inputs, but income per hectare remains low. Integrated Crop and Livestock Systems in Amazonia can generate higher income per ha and stop deforestation. The system, which involves […]

Diversification for Food Security around Lake Victoria

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In the communities around Lake Victoria, Kenya, diversified farms oscillate between activities in fishing, farming and livestock herding. These activities have become inextricably linked over many generations, with positive impacts upon household nutritional security.

Camels assist with water transport and draught in drought stricken southern Ethiopia

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Following three years of insufficient rainfall in southern Ethiopia, the large scale die off of many livestock exacerbated local famine. Action for Development purchased 120 camels for hauling water, who liberated women from energy consuming water transport, and assist in ploughing the land when there is sufficient rainfall for planting.  Camels can bring enough water […]

Promoting Livestock through Natural Resource Management in the Sahel

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In rain-limited regions of Burkina Faso, improved water harvesting and soil erosion control using contour stone bunding is shown to increase grain yields by 41% in low rainfall regions of Burkina Faso. Yield increases in food crops help foodbuying farm households import substitute in food consumption, reduce livestock production, and increase seasonal migration which is […]

Cattle Fattening in Mixed Production Systems Improves Incomes in the Philippines

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This paper highlights the objectives, methodology and results of a series of on-farm experiments on crop-animal systems in the rainfed lowland environment. Starting with simple component technology research on rice and upland crops, the cropping pattern at the on-farm site changed from a dominant rice – fallow to a rice – mungbean pattern. Subsequent trials […]

Livelihood Diversification as a Coping Response to Drought in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe

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Different types of households employ a wide range of livelihood diversification strategies in the drought-prone village of Kezi in South Extension, Matabeleland in Zimbabwe.  Prior to drought, income from crop and livestock production were the dominant sources of income.  In coping with drought, most frequently encountered livelihood diversification strategies included remittances, caterpillars, bricks, petty trade, beer, […]

Increasing production with management of organic inputs in Senegal.

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In Senegal, the Rodale institute works with farmers groups to build on traditional knowledge to improve soil quality.  Approaches include integrating livestock and crop rotations into mixed farming systems, water harvesting systems like rock wall contour barriers, trees for windbreaks, and trenches to improve water capacity, and composting.  Through improvements to soil quality and water […]