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Field Crops Research special issue on dual-purpose maize for food and feed

Maize harvest in village near Nain Bagh, northern India

The inability of livestock keepers to feed their animals adequately throughout the year remains the major technical constraint in most livestock systems, particularly in smallholder systems in emerging countries.

Meeting the demand for meat and milk in a way that poor livestock keepers benefit more from their animal assets will require sustainable production of more and higher quality feed.

The September 2013 special issue of Field Crops Research (edited by Elaine Grings, Olaf Erenstein and Michael Blümmel) primarily deals with dual-purpose maize and the intention to improve whole plant utilization – i.e. the use of both maize grain and crop residues (stover). It primarily focuses on three broad thematic areas:

  1. demand for dual-purpose maize cultivars and associated targeting domains;
  2. quality traits, whole plant utilization and phenotyping; and
  3. exploiting trait variation for maize improvement.

These themes variously touch upon dual-purpose maize in relation to use by farmers, germplasm development, management/feeding improvement and feed quality analysis. The main focus is on mixed crop – livestock systems in emerging countries – particularly Eastern and Southern Africa and South Asia.

ILRI authored papers in the issue include:

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