The project was designed to address Purpose 1 of the Semi-Arid System of the FRP, 'the use of trees within farming systems, including community and farm woodlots, optimised', and Output 1.1. 'improved understanding of the biological, social and economic interactions between people, animals, trees and crops incorporated into land-use strategies and promoted'.
The objectives can be summarized as follows:
To study the effects of both indigenous and exotic tree fodders on the on-farm productivity of cattle, small ruminants and poultry in both the higher potential and the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of the East African Highlands;
To estimate the replacement value of selected tree fodders in terms of commercially available-concentrates.
To facilitate the availability of tree seedlings to interested farmers through collaboration with both government and non-government nurseries.
and To disseminate results through the establishment of an efficient zero-grazing demonstration unit at the KARI station, and through farmer participation in onfarm experiments, field days and meetings.
Paterson, R.T. Development and on-farm evaluation of agroforestry livestock feeding systems. Final technical report. Natural Resources Institute (NRI), Chatham, UK (1996) 48 pp.