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Feedipedia: An on-line encyclopedia of animal feeds

Feedipedia is an open access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1400 worldwide livestock feeds. It is managed jointly by INRA, CIRAD, AFZ and FAO.

The main objective of Feedipedia is to provide extension and development workers, planners, project formulators, livestock farmers, science managers, policy makers, students and researchers with the latest scientific information to help them identify, characterize and properly use feed resources to sustainably develop the livestock sector.

This is particularly important in emerging and developing countries where feed resources available locally are often under-utilized due to lack of information. Providing global knowledge on feed resources, including unconventional and lesser known ones, contributes to the development and use of innovative and appropriate feeding options and strategies.

Feeds datasheets contain the following information:

  • Feed names, including vernacular and scientific names
  • Description of the plants or plant parts/products used as feed
  • Feeding recommendations for the main livestock species: cattle, sheep, goats, camels, poultry, pigs, rabbits, horses, fish and crustaceans
  • Tables of composition and nutritive value
  • Illustrations, including photos and processing charts
  • Distribution and basic agronomic information
  • Forage management
  • Processes for improving nutritional value
  • Potential constraints such as presence of anti-nutritional and toxic factors
  • Environmental impact of the production and use of feeds

Broadening horizons

By Harinder P.S. Makkar FAO, Rome

Introduction

There has been a major shift to diets with increased consumption of animal products, and this change is likely to continue in the coming decade. The demand for meat and milk is expected to be 58% and 70% higher in 2050 than their levels in 2010 and a large part of this increase will originate from developing countries.

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TECA: Technologies and practices for small agricultural producers - TECA, 2014. Teca, FAO, Rome, Italy

TECA stands for Technologies and Practices for small agricultural producers and is composed of (1) the Knowledge Base of technologies and practices for small agricultural producers and (2) the Exchange Groups, which are online discussion fora where practitioners can exchange knowledge and experiences on specific topics related to smallholder agriculture. 

Chemical and nutritional values of feed resources for ruminants: Eastern and Central Africa feedstuff table for ruminants 2013 - Laswai et al., 2013. ASARECA (Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa), Entebe, Uganda

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This book is the result of three surveys held by FAO, IFCN and IDF. It provides information on 47 feeding schemes for dairy animals (cattle, sheep, goats and buffaloes) and on feeding baskets used in more than 40 different countries with a special focus on the relative part of roughage vs. concentrate in the diets.