Innovative programmatic approach to climate change in support of BecA’s mission: Climate-smart Brachiaria grases for improving livestock production in East Africa

Published on 21 January 2014

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Start Date: 22 November 2012 | End Date: 31 December 2015

Overview

The main goal of the program is to contribute to food and feed security and poverty reduction in East Africa through climate-smart Brachiaria grasses and to facilitate germplasm transfer and capacity building in improved tropical forage technology, natural resource management and adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

The overall objective of the program is to increase feed availability in action areas of the target countries in East Africa by use of climate-smart Brachiaria grasses for increased animal productivity and for generation of extra income to smallholder famers by 2015.

Specific Objectives:

1. To determine the role of endophytes in improving adaptation of Brachiaria grasses to climate change (drought) and to develop novel methods to detect endophytes

2. To quantify the contribution of drought and low soil fertility adapted Brachiaria grasses to mitigation of climate change

3. To integrate improved Brachiaria grasses in mixed smallholder crop-livestock systems and determine their role in improving milk and meat production in grazing and cut-and carry forage systems while reducing land degradation

4. To facilitate the creation of forage seed production enterprises with guaranteed markets among smallholder farmers.

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One Response to “Innovative programmatic approach to climate change in support of BecA’s mission: Climate-smart Brachiaria grases for improving livestock production in East Africa”

  1. Giulio Cappadona says:

    Good afternoon,

    I am a master student in Plant Biotechnology at Wageningen University with a specialization in molecular breeding and plant pathology. I did my thesis in phytopathology at the pythopathology department of wageningen univeristy. I am really interested in the topic, and I am looking for an 4 months internship. I would like to receive further information, if possible, about this project and also if you are looking for trainees. Thanks in advance.

    Kind Regards
    Giulio Cappadona

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