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Climate-smart Brachiaria grass in Rwanda: BecA-ILRI Hub project to increase livestock production

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Published on Jul 18, 2017

In the ‘Land of a thousand hills’ where the largely steep landscape has led to severe erosion, finding sufficient feed to support the growing dairy industry has been a major challenge to smallholder farmers.

However, a visit to farmers in Eastern and Southern provinces of Rwanda during the country's dry season in July revealed that the climate smart Brachiaria grass—or ivugbwe as it is known locally—has the potential to extend forage availability throughout the year.

In this 5-minute video, Rwandan dairy farmers talk about why Brachiaria grass has quickly become a favourite forage for their livestock.

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