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Determining ideal sites for a pilot experiment in Colombia to trial new forages in East Africa

The livelihood of approximately 37 million people of the East African (EA) region is highly dependent on livestock. As the pressure for livestock products heightens with growing populations, already harsh environmental conditions are predicted only to worsen (Fisher et al. 2005; Thornton et al. 2007). In Cali, Colombia, the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is leading a cutting edge new breeding programme by developing improved forage varieties specially designed to succeed in the East African