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Back to the Future: Revisiting Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems

Author: Corporate Report 2009–2010 International Livestock Research Institute
Organisation: International Livestock Research Institute
Publish Date: 2010
Country: Global
Sector: Agriculture
Theme: Food
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Mixed family farmers, Small-scale farming Food production, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, CGIAR

This corporate report by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) looks ‘back to the future’—to the thousand million farmers practicing small-scale mixed crop-and-livestock agriculture in poor countries—the kind of seemingly old-fashioned family farming systems that have become so fashionable in recent years among those wanting to reform the industrial food systems of rich countries. Scientists at ILRI and seven other leading international agricultural research organizations around the world recently looked at the future of this form of farming and determined that it is ‘mixed farms’—not breadbaskets or ricebowls— that will feed most people over the next two decades.
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