Increasing livestock performance in rural communities in light of the challenges by climate change and related stresses is paramount for the Western Pacific region.
Improved animal husbandry practices and feed technologies are needed in climate change vulnerable communities so as to find new grounds for increased food and cash opportunities.
Under the EUARD project, the livestock component is focused on assessing the potential in diversifying livestock assets; identifying stress tolerant forages; pilot stress resilient livestock systems; assess breeding stock supply mechanisms and demonstrate new models.
Farmers should observe the significance of diversifying their agricultural enterprises to mitigate the threats as well as improving farm viability and household nutrition at the village level.
In most of the project sites in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, the project has made inroads with low cost livestock interventions targeting rural farmers.
The approach involves the use of locally available feed resources, the involvement of the farmers themselves and trials done in the farmers’ settings.
Among the interventions tested and delivered were technologies on livestock management, feeding systems, and livestock and crop integration.
Due to rising costs in animal feeds, more demonstrations were conducted on sweet potato silage for pig feed and locally developed poultry feed for broiler chicken using locally available feed resources.
Farmers have shared testimonies on the success of the interventions in their farm and communities.
The process has developed lasting relationships between farmers and researchers.