SLP was part of the 5th WCCA & 3rd FSD held in Brisbane, Australia last week. Diego Valbuena (SLP Postdoc Scientist) gave an overview on the crop residue use in different mixed crop-livestock systems across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This presentation reflects the current analysis and synthesis of the village-level data of the SLP Crop Residue project. The main points of this presentation were that:
- Crop residues in mixed systems are fundamental resources for short-term objectives, especially for livestock feed.
- Residues as mulch is not a common practice, mainly occurring in regions with relatively very high crop production or with high crop production and relatively low feed demand. In regions with high pressure on residues, an increase of agricultural production is needed.
- There are no silver-bullets: each region has its own potential, challenges & options for more sustainable agriculture.
Finally, the presentation shows the next steps of the SLP Crop Residue project.