Integrating legumes into farming systems in Indonesia

Tropical forage legumes can be integrated into farming systems in Indonesia to improve animal and crop production. This is particularly important for regions with high rates of poverty and food insecurity, such as East Nusa Tenggara.

This project will identify ways to optimise forage legume productivity in these systems, and determine the likely contribution legumes make to the nitrogen supply of subsequent crops.

Di Mayberry’s work will quantify the benefits of feeding forage legumes to livestock, particularly to calf survival, cow nutrition and beef finishing.

The outcome of this project will be improved knowledge and skills that could contribute to increased crop and livestock productivity, flowing through to improved livelihoods, economic status and food security.

This project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). See the ACIAR website for more information about the project and an update on progress.

Contact Di Mayberry or Lindsey Bell for more information.