One of the major constraints to improving livestock production of Bali cattle is the quantity and quality of available animal feed. Improving feed quality by introducing higher quality forages can go a long way towards removing some of those constraints. This report provides an overview and analysis of six ACIAR-funded forage research projects in Indonesia, focused on increasing the adoption of productivity-improving technologies to enhance the incomes and livelihoods of crop-livestock smallholders in eastern Indonesia. Given that adoption of technologies by farmers is still at any early stage, analysis focused on what might happen and why. The findings demonstrate observable gains in livestock performance and a high degree of interest and enthusiasm among best-bet and scale-out farmers. However, the author notes the difficulty in making assessments of future adoption when a key factor is the nature and level of future institutional support.
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ACIAR Impact Assessment Series Report No. 65
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research