Fodder scarcity is a perennial problem for many smallholder farmers in developing countries. This paper discusses how fodder technologies and knowledge have been introduced and integrated indiverse livestock production systems in Ethiopia, Syria and Vietnam. A synthesis of lessons learntshows that fodder innovation is triggered and diffused by actors interacting and learning innetworks, and on farms. Fodder innovation, being only one element of livestock value chains,is sustainably enhanced when linked to other innovations and market-oriented activities thatoptimize productivity gains. Yet innovating smallholder farmers face systemic constraints toaccess markets, and need to organize in groups to exploit opportunities. The paper concludesthat rather than treating innovation systems and value chain approaches to agricultural develop-ment as separate tools, the integration of their complementary features enhances smallholders’ innovation and market success.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Science and Public Policy|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Apr 2012|
- Value chain