Publishing Details

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authored by:
Herrero, M.; Thornton, P.K.; Notenbaert, A.M.; Wood, S.; Msangi, S.; Freeman, H.A.; Bossio, D.; Dixon, J.; Peters, M.; van de Steeg, J.; Lynam, J.; Parthasarathy Rao P.; Macmillan, S.; Gerard, B.; McDermott, J.; Sere, C.; Rosegrant, M.
Publication Year: 
2010
Journal Title: 
Science
Journal Volume: 
327
Journal Issue: 
5967
Page Range: 
822-825
DOI: 
DOI: 10.1126/science.1183725

Abstract

Farmers in mixed crop-livestock systems produce about half of the world’s food. In small holdings around the world, livestock are reared mostly on grass, browse, and nonfood biomass from maize, millet, rice, and sorghum crops and in their turn supply manure and traction for future crops. Animals act as insurance against hard times and supply farmers with a source of regular income from sales of milk, eggs, and other products. Thus, faced with population growth and climate change, small-holder farmers should be the first target for policies to intensify production by carefully managed inputs of fertilizer, water, and feed to minimize waste and environmental impact, supported by improved access to markets, new varieties, and technologies.

Citation

Herrero, M.; Thornton, P.K.; Notenbaert, A.M.; Wood, S.; Msangi, S.; Freeman, H.A.; Bossio, D.; Dixon, J.; Peters, M.; van de Steeg, J.; Lynam, J.; Parthasarathy Rao P.; Macmillan, S.; Gerard, B.; McDermott, J.; Sere, C.; Rosegrant, M. (2010) "Smart Investments in Sustainable Food Production: Revisiting Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems," Science, vol. 327, 5967.

Additional Attributes

Primary Contact: Stanley Wood
Keywords: Crop Production, Cropping Systems, Farming Systems, Farms, Policies, Sustainable Agriculture