Livestock feeds and forages flagship

In the new CRP, this flagship will further enhance the development of feed and forage options using novel tools and approaches to maximize genetic gains, mostly to close the yield gap connecting with the livestock genetics and health technology flagships, but also to improve resource use efficiency, adapt forage and feed production in the face of changing climate and reduce negative environmental impacts. The reach of the flagship’s research has been amplified, now including dryland rangeland systems.

Three consortia are inherent in the flagship: the Cactus consortia, developing and scaling specific feed options for rangelands; the full purpose crop consortia, linking food and feed and production; and the Biological Nitrification Inhibition consortia, working on technical crop and forage solutions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, linking with the Livestock and Environment flagship. A strong emphasis is given to further improve the discovery-to-impact pathway through integrating knowledge tools for diagnosis and targeting and developing scaling strategies for feed and forages technologies, linking with the Livestock Livelihoods & Agri-Food Systems flagship.

The Livestock Feeds and Forages flagship’s objectives are:

  • Define the priorities for feed and forage research and development.
  • Develop improved feed and forage genetic options.
  • Identify and test feed and forage utilization and processing opportunities suitable for use in small-scale production systems undergoing rapid inclusive or fragile growth.
  • Take new feed and forage technologies to scale
  • Assess the impact of these technologies on animal productivity, farm incomes and the distribution of benefits to producing and consuming families, including women and children.

The flagship:

  • Aims to close yield gaps through improved feeding that increases livestock productivity, providing enhanced opportunities for smallholder livestock keepers and producers to meet increased demand for livestock products.
  • Builds on CGIAR comparative advantages, including a long tradition of research on feeds and forages and the unique genetic resources held in CGIAR genebanks.
  • Exploits new scientific opportunities to produce more and better quality feeds and forages.
  • Delivers content-specific feeding strategies that increase overall feed supply and livestock productivity in intensifying systems and provides more reliable feed supply in vulnerable systems.
  • Identifies and addresses specific strategies to enhance equity and improve participation of women and young people in the livestock sector.

Contact flagship leader:  Michael Peters, CIAT

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