Linking research on forage germplasm to farmers: the pathway to increased adoption—a CIAT, ILRI and IITA perspective
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Peters, M., Lascano, C.E., Roothaert, R. and N.C. de Haan. 2003. Linking research on forage germplasm to farmers: the pathway to increased adoption—a CIAT, ILRI and IITA perspective. Field Crops Research 84(1-2): 179-188
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he aim of most publicly funded research and development of forages in the subtropics and tropics of the developing world is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. In order to achieve this goal, technical options are sought which not only contribute to alleviation of poverty and improved food security but also protect natural resources. This paper argues that in order to enhance adoption of multipurpose forages by small farmers, there is a need to utilise participatory methods and to invest in the development of a range of forage alternatives for different environments and production systems. Approaches linking on-station research to farmer participation are described and examples for pathways to adoption presented.
Supported by the CGIAR System-wide Livestock Programme