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Century plant (Agave americana)

The century plant (Agave americana L.) is a perennial succulent herb, up to 10 m... Read more

Mat bean (Vigna aconitifolia) leaves

Moth bean (Vigna aconitifolia (Jacq.) Marechal) is an annual herbaceous trailing... Read more

Andropogon canaliculatus Schumach. is a short perennial savanna grass native of... Read more

Barrel medic (Medicago truncatula)

The barrel medic (Medicago truncatula Gaertn.) is a small annual weedy legume... Read more

Grape pomace (white grape)

The grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is a woody vine cultivated worldwide for its... Read more

Quila (Chusquea quila), leaves

Quila (Chusquea quila Kunth) is a perennial woody grass of the bamboo family... Read more

Castor (Ricinus communis) habit

The castor plant (Ricinus communis L.), also called castor bean plant or castor... Read more

Elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum)

Elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schumach.) is a major tropical grass. It is... Read more

Shelled almonds with testa

The almond tree (Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D. A. Webb) is cultivated worldwide for... Read more

Purple sweet potatos, North Vietnam

Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is a plant grown for its tuberous roots... Read more

Guinea grass, Maui

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

Prickly sesban (Sesbania bispinosa) habit, India

The prickly sesban (Sesbania bispinosa (Jacq.) W. F. Wight) is a fast-growing... Read more

African spiderflower (Gynandra gynandropsis) habit

African spiderflower (Gynandropsis gynandra L.) is an tropical annual herb... Read more

Banyan (Ficus benghalensis), trunks, Kew Gardens, London

The banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis L.) is a large evergreen tree native of Asia... Read more

Field of bambara groundnut

Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) is an annual, creeping... Read more

Alyce clover (Alysicarpus vaginalis) habit

Alyce clover (Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.) is a highly variable perennial or... Read more

Cockspur grass (Echinochloa crus-galli), seeds on seed head

Cockspur grain is the seed of the cockspur grass (Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) P... Read more

Alyce clover (Alysicarpus vaginalis) stand

Alyce clover (Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.) is a highly variable perennial or... Read more

Lyebush (Salsola aphylla), habit

Ganna bush (Salsola aphylla) is a succulent, halophytic shrub native of southern... Read more

Hens feathering

Feather meal results from the processing of the feathers obtained after poultry... Read more

Cissus (Cissus striata) habit, Brighton, UK

The voqui colorado (Cissus striata Ruiz & Par. or Clematicissus striata... Read more


Broadening horizons

By M. Wadhwa, M. P. S. Bakshi and Harinder P. S. Makkar

The acute shortage of feedstuffs in Asian, Middle East and African countries has prompted Animal Nutritionists to explore new non-conventional feed resources that do not compete with human food. The most promising among these, available in plenty, are fruit and vegetable wastes (FVWs). Currently most FVWs are dumped in wastelands causing environmental pollution. Citrus fruit (Mausambi/sweet lime or kinnow) waste, available in bulk, is rich in nutrients and bio-active compounds. Studies revealed that kinnow waste, after sun drying or ensiling with poor quality crop residues, can be effectively utilized as animal feed, to enhance animal production, mitigate environmental pollution and decrease feeding cost.


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The role of livestock in food security, poverty reduction and wealth creation in West Africa The role of livestock in food security, poverty reduction and wealth creation in West Africa - Molina-Flores et al., 2020. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Accra, 2020

Livestock is key to 377 million people in West Africa and in some countries, up to 60% of the population is involved in livestock production. The demand for animal products is increasing with population growth, urbanization, growing middle class, and due to shifting consumer preferences towards animal products. To meet this growing demand, countries in West Africa must engage in accelerated sustainable livestock production undertaking. Livestock development is key to eradicate hunger and poverty. This book attempts to provide up-to-date, and reliable information on the potentials, opportunities, and challenges of the livestock subsector in West Africa. 

Pulses and their byproducts as animal feed Pulses and their by-products as animal feed - Sherasia et al., 2017. In: Calles, T.; Makkar, H. P. S. (Eds), FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

This document provides a state-of-the-art review of the recent research (published and unpublished) on the use of pulses and their by-products as animal feed. It aims at raising awareness on the use of pulses and their by-products. It highlights the nutritional role of pulses and pulse by-products as animal feed and is a contribution to the legacy of the 2016 International Year of Pulses. This document will further enhance the use of these feed resources in other continents, besides Asia, where many pulse by-products are simply dumped. It is also expected that the synthesis presented contributes to make the use of pulses and their by-products as animal feed more efficient. This document will be useful for extension workers, researchers, feed industry, policy-makers and donors alike.

Opinion paper: A regional feed action plan – one-of-a-kind example from East Africa Opinion paper: A regional feed action plan – one-of-a-kind example from East Africa - Opio et al., 2020. Animal, 1-4

Open access document. This paper puts forward a case for formulation of a regional animal feed action plan (RAFAP) and highlights its potential benefits.

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