Tropical Forages - CIAT
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    About Tropical Forages

    Diverse tropical forages, by providing a valuable source of livestock feed, help smallholder farmers improve meat and milk production and raise rural incomes. These crops also show strong potential for reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture through carbon sequestration and restoration of degraded land.
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    Tropical Forages Projects

    See the names of CIAT projects, together with brief descriptions, in particular research areas and regions of the developing world.
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    Tropical Forages in CGIAR Research Programs

    CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR advances major research programs, which focus the work of the Consortium’s 15 member centers on key development aims. CIAT research on tropical forages contributes importantly to these global programs.
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    Tropical Forages Genetic Resources

    The CIAT genebank safeguards unique collections of plant genetic resources – about 65,000 accessions in all – offering a wide array of options in the production of bean, cassava, and tropical forages for livestock. Search our databases for specific accessions or information about these materials, and feel free to request germplasm. See also the results of our research on conservation methods.
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    CIAT Blog

    CIAT develops more resilient and productive varieties of cassava and common bean, together with tropical forages for livestock. We also help improve rice production in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Latest News

Science to Cultivate Change

Tropical grasses: feed and plumber

The pastures that cattle graze also act as their “toilets”. This is because as cattle eat grass they periodically urinate and therefore randomly deposit urine on the soil surface.>

Rao, the eternal legacy of a scientist-mentor

Madhusudana Idupulapati Rao, or simply Rao, as he is affectionately known to friends and colleagues, has shown many people that the work accomplished as a team is more valuable than what one achieves individually.>

An unlikely weapon against poverty and drought

As this recent study shows, keeping livestock can help farmers earn more money and put more food on the table, especially during unpredictable weather.>

CIAT emeritus scientist wins Chinese government’s Friendship Award

CIAT emeritus scientist Rainer Schultze-Kraft has received the 2016 Friendship Award from the Chinese government, for his long-term work with tropical forage scientists in the country. He was one of 50 experts from 18 countries and a wide range of disciplines to receive the annual award, made by China’s State>
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