Research AreasAgrobiodiversity, Crops, Livestock
CountriesBurundi, Chad, Congo Dem. Rep., Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
TimelineStart Date: 22 November 2012 | End Date: 31 December 2015
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.
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.
Tagsbrachiaria, Climate change, East Africa, Livestock
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