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A generic method to analyse yield gaps in feed-crop livestock systems

Promovendus mr. A (Aart) van der Linden MSc
Promotor prof.dr.ir. IJM (Imke) de Boer
prof.dr.ir. MK (Martin) van Ittersum
Copromotor dr.ir. SJ (Simon) Oosting
Copromotor dr. ir. GWJ van de Ven
Organisatie Wageningen University, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS), Plant Production Systems, Animal Production Systems

di 28 maart 2017 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

Sustainable production of animal-source food requires tailored solutions

The global demand for food, and particularly animal-source food, increases. Expanding the agricultural area for livestock production is not desired. How much can livestock production increase on the existing area? This research presents a new method, based on yield gap analysis, and provides insight which measures are most effective to increase the production of feed crops and livestock sustainably in different parts of the world. Model results provide insights in the biophysical factors constraining production, such as heat stress, feed quality, feed availability, and cattle management, and water and nutrient availability for feed crops. This allows to identify tailored interventions to increase the production of animal-source food sustainably. Integrating these insights with knowledge on socio-economic effects of interventions and animal welfare allows to design more efficient and sustainable crop-livestock production systems.