Approaches to improve the utilization of food-feed crops
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Field Crops Research;84(1-2): 1-2
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This special issue of field crops research includes a series of papers presented at the International workshop "Approaches to improve the utilization of food feed crops" held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 to 31 January 2002. The workshop was jointly organised by CGIAR, ILRI & ICRISAT. Food-feed crops, the subject of this publication, are meant to nourish humans and their animals. Food-feed crops are crucial to food security and poverty alleviation since crop-livestock integration is a common path for agricultural intensification in the developing world. This issue of Field Crops Research includes 15 papers. Eight papers present reviews of the state of knowledge and approaches for the improvement of food-feed crops and identify researchable opportunities for future interventions. The other seven papers describe the objectives, approaches and results of on-going projects set up to improve crops and forages that are used as fodder in the most important crop-livestock production systems. The final papers presents a synthesis of the key findings and summarises the best approaches, strategies and partnerships that should sustain future work in this area. The papers cover a wide range of topics including concepts on the development of selection indices suitable for improving food-feed crops; the application of molecular genetics and conventional breeding in developing improved genotypes; the influence of plant disease and crop management on feeding value of crop residues and seed delivery systems required to disseminate superior food-feed crop genotypes.