Market Access and Value Chains, Poverty Dynamics
Dryland cereals, Grain legumes
Farming Systems, Crops and Livestock Systems, Livelihood Systems
West and Central Africa, Niger
Facilitating training programs for improving croplivestock systems in Niger
Silage, Animal health, Niger, Crop-Livestock systems, Stover, Feed quality, Torodi, Maradi, Millet stover, Sorghum stover, Groundnut haulm
West & Central Africa program
University of Florida, Institute for Food and Agriculture (UF/IFAS), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Institut de l’Environnement de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), The Conseil National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA) and ICRISAT. Silage making training was conducted as a part of the EQUIP Feed study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and also implemented by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.
ICRISAT Happenings 1839-3, 31 January 2020
A study conducted in Maradi and Torodi villages indicated that more than 90% of the farmers conserve crop residues for animal feeding and that the traditional techniques of storing in a hayloft or open shed affected feed quality. At both Torodi and Maradi, farmers stored millet stover and cowpea hay, while Maradi farmers also stored sorghum stover and groundnut haulm. Based on the above study, the training program on silage making held at Sadoré and Maradi shared techniques to improve utilization of cereal residues (millet, sorghum, etc.) to overcome feed constraints.