Tropical Grasslands (2003) Volume 37, 197203
Forage technology adoption: linking on-station research with participatory methods
M. PETERS and C.E. LASCANO
CIAT (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical), Cali, Colombia
forages play an important role in sustaining the livelihoods of small-
and medium-scale farmers in the tropics, mainly as a result of their
positive effects on livestock production and contribution to economic
and environmental sustainability. However, in many regions of the tropics,
the potential of forages for sustainable development is largely untapped
and adoption of forage legumes in particular has so far been limited.
In general, compared with forage legumes, grasses are often better known
as cultivated species by farmers, are more resilient and have broad
environmental adaptation. Currently, farmers have limited understanding
of the benefits of leguminous species that can be used on their farms.