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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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Bamboo leaves

Bambusa bambos is a perennial Poaceae with a 24-32 year life cycle. It grows in... Read more

Lehmann love grass (Eragrostis lehmanniana)

Lehmann love grass (Eragrostis lehmanniana Nees) is a tufted perennial grass.... Read more

Cocksfoot flowers, Maui, Hawaii

Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata L.) is a strongly tufted, deep-rooted, long-lived... Read more

Foxtail millet

Foxtail millet (Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.) is one of the oldest cultivated... Read more

Kudzu kills trees by shading them and spreads inexorably

Kudzu (Pueraria montana (Lour.) Merr.) is a perennial climbing, trailing vine... Read more

Alysicarpus rugosus

Red moneywort (Alysicarpus rugosus (Willd.) DC.) is an upright robust annual... Read more

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) flowers

The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) is an erect, rhizomatous... Read more

Cowpea, black variety, Vietnam

Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) is one of the most popular grain legumes... Read more

Guar pods

Guar (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub.) is an erect, bushy annual... Read more

Finger millet (Eleusine coracana)

Finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) is a cereal grass grown mostly... Read more

Columbus grass (Sorghum x almum), habit, USA

Columbus grass (Sorghum x almum Parodi) is a robust, tussocky, short-lived... Read more

Jungle rice (Echinochloa colona), habit

Jungle rice (Echinochloa colona (L.) Link) is an annual (rarely perennial) grass... Read more

Combretum aculeatum

Combretum aculeatum Vent. is a small tree or shrub up to 4 m high. It has... Read more

Mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), flowers and leaves, Hawaii

Mesquite (Prosopis juliflora (Sw.) DC), one of the 44 species of Prosopis... Read more

Cotton plant ready for harvest, Texas, 1996

Cotton is a multipurpose crop cultivated for its highly valuable textile fibre (lint).... Read more

Pangola seedheads, Haiku, Maui

Pangola grass (Digitaria eriantha Steud) is a tropical grass widespread in many... Read more

Gliricidia leaves

Gliricidia sepium (Jacq.) Kunth ex Walp. is a perennial, medium-sized (2-15 m... Read more

Foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.), spike and foliage

Foxtail millet (Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.) is one of the oldest cultivated... Read more

Olive trees (Olea europaea) and browsing sheep, Andalusia, Spain

The olive tree (Olea europaea L.) is a slow growing evergreen tree that reaches... Read more

Finger millet (Eleusine coracana)

Finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) is a cereal grass grown mostly... Read more

Albizia lebbeck (Siris tree), Hawaii

Lebbek (Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth.) is a deciduous, perennial medium-sized... 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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