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Worldwide, 86% of feeds used for livestock animal productions are not edible to humans and thus not competing with food. This is part of the conclusions of a study by Mottet et al., 2017

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Leucaena leucocephala flowers

Leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit) is a fast growing, evergreen,... Read more

Field with maize, cassava and jack bean

Jack bean (Canavalia ensiformis (L.) DC.) is a climbing perennial legume... Read more

Corn gluten feed is the by-product of the wet-milling of maize grain for starch (or... Read more

Acanthus (Acanthus mollis), leaves, Toulouse, France

Acanthus mollis L. is a perennial herb that can grow to a height of 0.9-1 m. It... Read more

Limpo grass (Hemarthria altissima), Maui  Hawaii

Limpo grass (Hemarthria altissima (Poir.) Stapf & CE Hubbard) is a grass... Read more

Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum), flowers, Hawaii

Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. ex Chiov) is a tropical grass from... Read more

Grewia (Grewia bicolor), habit

False brandy bush (Grewia bicolor A. Juss.) is a many-stemmed shrub that may... Read more

Mung bean (Vigna radiata) field

The mung bean (Vigna radiata (L.) R. Wilczek) is a legume cultivated for its ... Read more

Indian laurel (Litsea glutinosa) forage

The Indian laurel (Litsea glutinosa (Lour.) C. B. Rob.) is an evergreen, or... Read more

Giant star grass (Cynodon plectostachyus (K. Schum.) Pilger) is a robust,... Read more

African palm oil (Elaeis guineensis), Kew Gardens, London

Oil palm fronds are a by-product of the cultivation of oil palm trees (Elaeis... Read more

Guinea grass, Maui

Guinea grass (Megathyrsus maximus (Jacq.) B. K. Simon & S. W. L. Jacobs) is... Read more

Wheat (Triticum spp.) is one of the most important staple food crops for humans... Read more

Acacia tortilis (Forssk.) Hayne is a thorny legume tree, usually about 4-8 m... Read more

Tamarugo tree, Chile

The tamarugo (Prosopis tamarugo F. Phil.) is a deciduous legume tree growing up... Read more

Sunflower seeds are the fruits (achenes) of the sunflower (Helianthus annuus L... Read more

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is the 5th most important oilseed... Read more

Cottonsseeds, with linters

Cotton seeds are the seeds of the cotton plant. Cotton seeds are... Read more

Dactyloctenium aegyptium spikelets, Central Vietnam

Egyptian crowfoot grass (Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Willd.) is a tufted,... Read more

Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) fruits

Dates, the fruits of the date palm tree (Phoenix dactylifera L.), are a major... Read more

Itchgrass

Itchgrass (Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) Clayton) is an annual grass weed... Read more

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Broadening horizons

By Harinder P.S. Makkar, Emily Addonizio and Lemma Gizachew

To better monitor the national and regional livestock sectors and formulate adequate development strategies, it is essential to develop systematic approaches to accurately assess livestock feed supplies and obtain better insight into how feed resources are being utilized. The latter information on use of feed resources is achieved by characterizing the feeding systems. A detailed information on feeding systems in lowlands of Ethiopia is presented here. Also approaches to meet the deficiency of animal feed in the dry seasons are presented.

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USDA Food Composition Databases - USDA, 2018. USDA - ARS - Nutrient Data Laboratory

This website allows you to search the USDA Food Composition Databases: USDA National Nutrient Database and USDA Branded Food Products Database. You can search the database by food item, food group, or manufacturer's name to find the nutrient information for your food items. You can also generate lists of foods sorted by nutrient content.

Ethiopia: feed inventory Ethiopia: report on feed inventory and feed balance - FAO, 2018. FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

This document presents an inventory and balance of feeds available in Ethiopia so that the country can be aware of its needs, resource availability, gaps, implications and how the gap can be filled within the country. This will make feed interventions in the country effective in the immediate, medium and long term as well as provide solutions for replication in the region.

World livestock: Transforming the livestock sector through the Sustainable Development Goals World Livestock: Transforming the livestock sector through the Sustainable Development Goals - FAO, 2018. FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

The livestock sector can play a key role in addressing, directly or indirectly, sustainable development goals (SDGs). While, for decades, the livestock debate has focused on how to increase production in a sustainable manner, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has added a new and broader dimension to the debate. It has shifted the emphasis of the conversation from fostering sustainable production per se, to enhancing the sector’s contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.

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