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dc.contributor.authorRoothaert, R.
dc.contributor.authorFranzel, Steven
dc.contributor.authorKiura, M.
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-14T10:55:57Z
dc.date.available2014-04-14T10:55:57Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.identifier.citationRoothaert, R., Franzel, S. and Kiura, M. 2003. On-farm evaluation of fodder trees and shrubs preferred by farmers in central Kenya. Experimental Agriculture 39(4): 423-440.
dc.identifier.issn144797
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10568/35318
dc.description.abstracthe small amount of on-farm research that has been carried out with fodder trees in Africa has mainly involved exotic species selected by researchers rather than farmers. In this study, farmers who had participated in a pre-planting survey chose, during feedback meetings, seedlings of indigenous, naturalized and some exotic fodder trees from a nursery. They planted them on-farm, where the planting niches, management, biomass production, and animal response were evaluated over a short period, and compared with the results of the earlier survey. The farmers came from three agro-ecological zones in central Kenya with respective mean annual rainfall totals of 775, 950 and 1300 mm. Data were collected at two months, one year and two years after planting. The feedback meetings proved important to the understanding of discrepancies between the earlier survey results and farmers' practices. Survival and growth of seedlings, manure application by farmers, and percentage of trees pruned for fodder, differed among species. The farmers showed a strong interest in experimenting with and actively cultivating local fodder trees.
dc.sourceExperimental Agriculture
dc.subjectFEEDS
dc.subjectFARMING SYSTEMS
dc.titleOn-farm evaluation of fodder trees and shrubs preferred by farmers in central Kenya
dc.typeJournal Article
cg.subject.ilriFODDER
cg.subject.ilriFEEDS
cg.subject.ilriFARMING SYSTEMS
cg.identifier.statusLimited Access
cg.fulltextstatusFormally Published
cg.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0014479703001376
cg.isijournalISI Journal
cg.coverage.regionAFRICA
cg.coverage.regionEAST AFRICA
cg.coverage.countryKENYA


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