Frequently Asked Questions on Food-Feed Crops

24th March 2011 | Written by: Evelyn Katingi | 4 Comments

1. What are food-feed crops?
Food-feed crops are crops that provide grain for human nutrition and fodder for livestock from the crop residues such as the straws, stover and haulms. A name often used synonymously is dual-purpose crops.

2. What is the importance of the crops in agriculture?
Food-feed/dual purpose crops play a key role in small holder crop-livestock systems since they provide food for humans and fodder for livestock at the same time. So no additional land and water are required for fodder production since these needed to be allocated anyhow for the primary product, the grains. Food-feed/dual purpose crops are therefore highly resource use efficient. Crop residues provide the major feed resources for small holders.

3. Who can grow these crops?
Essentially every farmer but they are particularly important for resource poor small holders

4. Who are the potential beneficiaries of these crops?
Basically everybody starting from the farmer and livestock producer to fodder traders and feed processors

5. Examples of food-feed crops?
Maize, rice, wheat, sorghum, millets, groundnut, cowpea etc.

6. Where can I find more information and research about food-feed crops?
For more information on food-feed crops you can see Michael Blummel’s,  Dennis Friesen’s, C Tom Hash’s projects, among the CGIAR scientists who are working on these crops. You can also carry out a search on ‘food-feed crops’ in the Map for a list of related projects.

4 Responses to “Frequently Asked Questions on Food-Feed Crops”

  1. Erik Wassenich says:

    Please advise where I can find information on research and application growing grains using certain plants to control pests (rather than chemical fertilizer/weedkillers) where, as a result, crop yields are increasing year after year. Do you also have information on plowing land versus loosening the surface before seeding?
    Thank you.

  2. Erik Wassenich says:

    What is better, buying seeds for planting or using grains from own harvest? How does surface treatment and natural fertilizer improve harvest quality with view to using own harvest as seed?
    Thank you.

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