Research AreasAgrobiodiversity, Crops, Livestock
TimelineStart Date: 1 March 2008 | End Date: 31 August 2011
This project aims to reduce poverty of small farmers in Cambodia by increasing cattle productivity through improved feeding strategies and reduced labor (time) requirement for feeding cattle. The introduction of forage plants as crops (different grass species and Stylo 184) and the growing awareness among farmers that animals can be seen as a commodity rather than an asset, requiring appropriate management to return reasonable revenues, have been the most important achievements. Improving market access helps to maintain farmers’ interest and changesfarmer attitudes as they start to see themselves as an interest group of organized producers. Increasing the availability of forage species through forage shops has played an important role in making forage-based technologies more available.