AGRI-LIVESTOCK INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT
Livestock feeding is an essential component for the completion of the human food chain due to the large amount of protein deriving from these animal productions. Considering the lack of sufficient feed resources available for this productive sector, it is fundamental to redesign and carry out within the FFRUs integrated research of both livestock and agricultural productions embedding of suggestions coming from traditional knowledge (harvesting of cereals and grazing). Agri-livestock practices are being investigated by engaging farmers in new “Integrated Agricultural Approach” (e.g. mixed cropping systems integrated with livestock grazing systems) to discover the relevance of such methods in terms of food security, soil fertility and yield in limited land surface areas (both rural and peri-urban areas) within the SI framework.
To trace a general overview of the current level of agri-livestock integration in the study areas, UNIMAK andUNB, also with the collaboration of UNISS, settled a common survey tool called “T2.3. - Agro-livestock integration”.
Country Partner Research Area
CSIR-SARI, KDC, UNB
NM-AIST, TARI, ICRAF
Kalangba, Malalm Musaia, Balandugu, Wara wara, Sulaimania, Gbanti, Bombali, Njagbakahun and Kamarugu.
Savelugu district (Monglaa, Bunlung, Pong-Tamale), West Mamprusi district (Kukua, Tinguri, Nayorko), Talensi district (Gorogo, Wakii, Pwalugu), Nabdam district (Soliga, Daliga, Zanlerigu); Talensi, Nabdam, West Maprusi, SAlevegu; Béréba, Dohoun, Ouakuy, Sara and Massala.
Monduli, Arusha and Meru districts.
Kakamega, Busia and Bungoma, Western Kenya Karachuonyo (HomaBay County) and Nyakach (Kisumu County) and Western Kenya.
In addition, several other partners are working on experiments involving the use of manure for soil fertilization.
Country Partner Animal Waste Tested Crops
ACRA, UNB, INERA
Poultry manure and cow dung; Organic manure
Organic manure (mainly from poultry (mixed with cow, sheep and goat manure), cattle dung
Sorghum millet, maize
Fonio, sorghum, maize, cotton
Finger millet, sorghum, maize, groundnuts