This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7955:Strategies for feeding smallholder
dairy cattle in intensive maize forage production systems and
implications for integrated pest management.
Now, there's a basket of proven ways for farmers to meet both food and
forage needs. Farmers in densely populated regions of Kenya need
dual-purpose maize. They want maize that is good to eat but that also
has lots of stem and leaf for animal feed. Previously, the focus was on
raising grain yields in maize. Pests and diseases that affected maize
foliage, and thus animal feed, were ignored. Small farmers in Kenya,
Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia now use new techniques that work
best for them. Some opt for maize varieties that are resistant to maize
streak virus or stem borers. Others grow a fodder legume that repels
stem borers. These and other techniques mean more and better animal feed
in the dry season.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP51, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 65.