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Network on pasture and forage crops

 

Objectives

Study and improvement of forage crop production on irrigated and rain-fed land, development and management of typically Mediterranean rangelands. Study of forage feeding value; by-products and rangelands of the Mediterranean.

Origin

IAMZ activities related with the characterization and feeding value of forages, by-products and Mediterranean rangelands date from 1970, (Tables of feeding value of Mediterranean forages and by-products) During the eighties and at the beginning of the nineties, part of these activities were carried out in collaboration with the AGRIMED programme of the DG VI of the European Commission.

During the years 1990-1996, research projects were financed within the framework of the CAMAR and AIR programmes of the European Commission.

The FAO/CIHEAM Network has been in operation since 1995. This Network is one of the networks of the European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture (ESCORENA).

See the article "The history and activities of the FAO/CIHEAM Research and Development Network on Pasture and Fodder Crops" (Scientific Bulletin of ESCORENA 2: 39-40).

Present Designation

FAO/CIHEAM International Network for the Research and Development of Pasture and Forage Crops

Type of Action

  • Exchange of information
  • Organisation of periodic meetings and seminars (every two or three years)
  • Working groups with common methodologies
  • Research projects
  • Technical stays and support to researchers for the participation in scientific events
  • Training

Co-ordination Structure and Topics Addressed

Research co-ordinator: A. Peeters. Belgium

Subnetwork on Mountain Pastures. E. Mosimann. ACW Changins, Switzerland

Subnetwork on Mediterranean Forage Resources. Claudio Porqueddu, CNR-ISPAAM Sassari (Italy)

Contact Persons

Network Co-ordinator: Alain Peeters
RHEA - Natural Resources, Human Environment and Agronomy
Research Centre for a Sustainable Rural Development and Ecosystem
Management
Rue Warichet 4 Box 202
1435 CORBAIS
Belgium
Phone: 00 32 475905914
E-mail: alain.peeters@rhea-environment.org

Mountain Pastures:
Giampiero Lombardi
Università degli Studi di Torino
Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari
Via L. da Vinci 44
I 10095 Grugliasco (TO)
Italy
Tlf:+39.0116708791; +39.3284124204
Fax: +39.0112368791
e-mail: giampiero.lombardi@unito.it

Mediterranean Forage Resources: Claudio Porqueddu
CNR-ISPAAM
Traversa la Crucca, 3 - Località Baldinca
07040 - Li Punti-SASSARI (Italy)
Tlf: +39 079 2841604
Fax: +39 079 2841699
E-mail: c.porqueddu@cspm.ss.cnr.it

Origin

JM FAO CIHEAM 2014. Joint Meeting of the "Mountain Pastures, Mediterranean Forage Resources (FAO/ESCORENA-CIHEAM) and Mountain Cheese" Networks. Clermont-Ferrand (France), 24-26 June 2014. Information and Meeting presentations available at: https://colloque6.inra.fr/jmfao2014cf. Proceedings available at: http://om.ciheam.org/om/pdf/a109/a109.pdf

17th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Mountain Pastures Network: Pastoralism and ecosystem conservation. Trivero – Italy - 5-7 June 2013. Proceedings of the Meeting

14th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Sub-Network on Mediterranean Pastures and Fodder Crops : "New Approaches for Grassland Research in a Context of Climate and Socio-Economic Changes" (Samsun, Turkey, 3-6 October 2012). Meeting Power Point presentations and Proceedings available at: www.iamz.ciheam.org/samsun2012

16th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Mountain Pastures Network: Contribution of mountain pastures to agriculture and environment. Krakow – Poland – 25-27 May 2011. Proceedings.

13 th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Sub-Network on Mediterranean Pastures and Fodder Crops : "The contributions of Grassland to the Conservation of Mediterranean Biodiversity". Alicante (Spain) 7-10 April 2010. Proceedings / Powerpoint presentations.

15 th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAMMountain Pastures Network: Integrated research for the sustainability of mountain pastures. Les Diablerets - Switzerland - 7th to 9th October 2009. Proceedings

12th meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Sub-Network on Mediterranean Pastures and Fodder Crops on "Sustainable Mediterranean grasslands and their multi-functions”. Elvas (Portugal) 9-12 April 2008. Proceedings / Powerpoint presentations.

13th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Mountain Pastures Subnetwork. Udine, Italy, 15-17 September 2005.

First Joint Seminar of the Sub-Networks FAO-CIHEAM on Sheep and Goat Nutrition and on Mountain and Mediterranean Pastures Sustainable Grazing, Nutritional Utilisation and Quality of Sheep and Goat Products. Granada Spain, 2-4 October 2003.

EAAP-FAO-CIHEAM International Symposium on "Animal Production and Natural Resources Utilisation in the Mediterranean Mountain Areas". Ioannina, Epirus, Greece, 5-7 June 2003.

11th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Inter-regional Cooperative Research and Development Subnetwork on Mediterranean Pastures and Fodder Crops on Rangeland and Pasture Rehabilitation in Mediterranean Areas. Djerba (Tunisia) 29 October – 1 November 2002.

Results and Impact

The results of the activities carried out within the framework of the Network on Pastures and Fodder Crops range from the more or less formal exchange of information to the development of large-scale research projects, as well as formal meetings and seminars and a large number of publications. Moreover, almost all the researchers working in pastures and forage crops in the Mediterranean Region participate in this network. There is also a very strong participation of experts from anglo-saxon or northern European countries, which ensures a very good connection with the European research centres.

The impact of the Network can be measured not only by the research activities of the participating teams, but also in the development activities of the Mediterranean countries since almost all the large development bodies of the Mediterranean interested in small ruminants participate actively in this Network.

Publications

Forage resources and ecosystem services provided by Mountain and Mediterranean grasslands and rangelands. Proceedings of Joint Meeting of the "Mountain Pastures, Mediterranean Forage Resources (FAO/ESCORENA-CIHEAM) and Mountain Cheese" Networks. Clermont-Ferrand (France), 24-26 June 2014. Baumont R., CarrèreP., Jouven M., Lombardi G., López-Francos A., Martin B., Peeters A. and Porqueddu C. (eds). Options Méditerranéennes : Série A, no 109. Zaragoza : CIHEAM / INRA / FAO / VetAgro Sup Clermont-Ferrand / Montpellier SupAgro, 2014. 843 p.

Pastoralism and ecosystem conservation. Proceedings of the 17th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Mountain Pasture Sub-Network,  5-7 June 2013, Trivero, Italy. ISBN: 978-88-908636-2-2. Edited by DISAFA – Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Turin (Italy). 2014, 204 pp.

Peeters A., Mosimann E. and Porqueddu C. (2010) The history and activities of the FAO/CIHEAM Research and Development Network on Pasture and Fodder Crops. Scientific Bulletin of ESCORENA 2: 39-40

The contributions of grasslands to the conservation of Mediterranean biodiversity. Proceedings of the 13th Meeting of the Sub-Network on Mediterranean Forage Resources of the FAO-CIHEAM International Network for the Research and Development of Pasture and Forage Crops. Alicante, Spain, 7-10 April 2010. C. Porqueddu, S. Ríos (eds). Options Méditerranéennes, Series A, No. 92. Zaragoza: CIHEAM / CIBIO / FAO / SEEP, 2010. 286 pp. 

Sustainable Mediterranean Grasslands and their Multi-Functions / Les Pâturages Méditerranéens Durables et leur Multi-Fonctionnalité. Proceedings of the 12th Meeting of the Sub-network on Mediterranean Forage Resources of the FAO-CIHEAM Inter-regional Cooperative Research and Development Network on Pastures and Fodder Crops, Elvas (Portugal), 9-12 April 2008. Porqueddu, C., Tavares de Sousa, M.M. (eds). Options Méditerranéennes Series A, No. 79. Zaragoza: CIHEAM/ FAO/ENMP/SPPF,2008. 501 pp.

Sustainable Grazing, Nutritional Utilization and Quality of Sheep and Goat products / Pâturage Durable, Utilisation Nutritionelle et Qualité des Produits des Ovins et des CaprinsProceedings of the First Joint Seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Sheep and Goat Nutrition and Mountain and Mediterranean Pasture Sub-Networks, Granada (Spain), 2-4 October 2003. Molina Alcalde, E., Ben Salem, H., Biala, K., and Morand-Fehr, P. (eds). Options Méditerranéennes Series A, No. 67. Zaragoza: CIHEAM/FAO/CSIC, 2005. 466 pp.

Animal production and natural resources utilisation in the Mediterranean mountain areas. Proceedings of the joint EAAP/CIHEAM/HSAP/FAO Mediterranean Symposium, Ioannina (Greece), 5-7 June 2003. A. Georgoudis, A. Rosati and C. Mosconi Eds. EAAP, CIHEAM, HSAP, FAO, EAAP Publication 115 . Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2005. 624p.

Rangeland and Pasture Rehabilitation in Mediterranean Areas. Proceedings of the 11th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Inter-regional Cooperative Research and Development Subnetwork on Mediterranean Pastures and Fodder Crops, Djerba (Tunisia) 29 October – 1 November 2002. A. Ferchichi (Ed.) Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes, vol 62. Zaragoza: CIHEAM-IAMZ, 2004, 489 pp.

Lowland grasslands of Europe: utilisation and development. Proceedings of the seminar of the FAO/CIHEAM Interregional and Cooperative Research and Development Network on Pastures and Fodder Crop Production, Lowland Grasslands Subnetwork held in La Coruña, Galicia, Spain on 13-16 October 1998. G. Fisher, B. Frankow-Lindberg Eds. FAO REU Technical Series No. 64, Rome: FAO, 2002, 274p.

Multipurpose germplasm of fodder shrubs and trees for the rehabilitation of arid and semi-arid land in the Mediterranean isoclimatic zone. A photographic catalogue. H.N. Le Houérou Options Méditerranéennes Série B, No 37. Zaragoza : CIHEAM-IAMZ, 2002. 118p

Quality in lucerne and medics for animal production/Qualité de la luzerne et des medics pour la production animale.Proceedings of the XIV Eucarpia Medicago spp. Group Meeting jointly organized by SIA-DGA, CIHEAM, FAO and Centre UdL-IRTA, with the support of EAGGF, INIA and AIFE, Zaragoza and Lleida (Spain), 12-15 September 2001. I. Delgado, J. Lloveras (eds). Options Méditerranéennes, Série A, No. 45. Zaragoza : CIHEAM-IAMZ, 2001. 275p.

Fodder shrub development  in arid and semi-arid zones (Vol. 2). Proceedings of the Workshop on Native and Exotic Fodder Shrubs in Arid and Semi-arid Zones (ICARDA, CGIAR-SLP, Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia, SDC, CIHEAM, IPGRI, IDRC, FAO/RNE, Initiative for Collaboration to Control Natural Resource Degradation of Arid Lands in the Middle East), Hammamet (Tunisia), 27 October -2 November 1996. G. Gintzburger, M. Bounejmate, A. Nefzaoui Ed. Aleppo: ICARDA. 2000 pp 293-679.

Fodder shrub development  in arid and semi-arid zones (Vol. 1). Proceedings of the Workshop on Native and Exotic Fodder Shrubs in Arid and Semi-arid Zones (ICARDA, CGIAR-SLP, Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia, SDC, CIHEAM, IPGRI, IDRC, FAO/RNE, Initiative for Collaboration to Control Natural Resource Degradation of Arid Lands in the Middle East), Hammamet (Tunisia), 27 October -2 November 1996. G. Gintzburger, M. Bounejmate, A. Nefzaoui Ed. Aleppo: ICARDA. 2000 pp 1- 292.

Legumes for Mediterranean forage crops, pastures and alternative uses/Légumineuses pour cultures fourragères, pâturages et autres usages en région méditerranéenne. Proceedings of the 10th meeting of the Mediterranean Sub-Network of the FAO-CIHEAM Inter-Regional Cooperative Research and Development Network on Pastures and Fodder Crops, organized by FAO, CIHEAM, Dipartimento Scienze Agronomiche  e Genetica Vegetale Agraria Università degli Studi di Sassari and CNR - Centro di Studio sui Pascoli Mediterranei, Sassari (Italy) 4-9 April 2000. L. Sulas (ed). Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes,  Volume 45. Zaragoza : CIHEAM-IAMZ, 2000. 483p.

Herba (Newsletter of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Pastures and Fodder Crops), issues 1-12

Selection and utilisation of cultivated fodder trees and shrubs in the Mediterranean region. Results and research carried out within the CAMAR EC/DG.VI Programme, contract 8001-CT90-0030. V. Papanastasis (ed.) Options Méditerranéennes, Série : B, Nº 23. Zaragoza : CIHEAM-IAMZ, 1999, 93p.

Dynamics and sustainability of Mediterranean pastoral systems / Dynamique et durabilité des systèmes pastoraux méditerranéens. Proceedings of the 9th meeting of the Mediterranean Subnetwork of the FAO-CIHEAM Inter-Regional Cooperative Research and Development Network on Pastures and Fodder Crops, organised by FAO, CIHEAM, Universidad de Extremadura, Junta de Extremadura and INIA, Badajoz (Spain), 26-29 November 1997. M.Etienne (ed.). Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes, Volume 39. Zaragoza: CIHEAM-IAMZ, 1999, 296p.

Western European Sylvopastoral Systems.  Ed. M. Etienne. INRA, CIHEAM and FAO.  INRA Editions:1996, 276 pp.

The Genus Medicago in the Mediterranean Region: Current Situation and Prospects in Research/Le Genre Medicago en Méditerranée: Bilan et Perspectives de la Recherche.  Proceedings of the meeting of the Mediterranean Working Group onMedicago of the FAO/CIHEAM Inter-Regional Research and Development Network on Pastures and Fodder Crops, organized with the collaboration of the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Hammamet (Tunisia), 19-22 October 1995/Actes de la réunion du Groupe de Travail Méditerranéen sur les Medicago du Réseau Interrégional FAO/CIHEAM de Recherche et Développement sur les Pâturages et les Cultures Fourragères, organisé avec la collaboration de la Faculté de Sciences de Tunis, Hammamet (Tunisie), 19-22 octobre 1995.  Genier G., Prosperi J.M. (eds). Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes, Volume  18 (1996). Zaragoza : CIHEAM-IAMZ, 1996. 189 p.

Systèmes Sylvopastoraux : Pour un Environnement, une Agriculture et une Economie Durables/Sylvopastoral Systems: Environmental, Agricultural and Economic Sustainability. Proceedings of the Meeting of the Mediterranean Working Group of the Inter-regional FAO/CIHEAM Network of Research and Development on Pastures and Forage Crops, Avignon (France), 29 May - 2 June 1995.  Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes, Volume 12 (1995). Zaragoza : CIHEAM-IAMZ, 1995. 280 p.

Fodder Trees and Shrubs / Arbres et Arbustes Fourragers.  Proceedings from the seminar of the CCE-CAMAR project 8001-CT90-0030, Palermo (Italy), 12-13 October 1992. V. Papanastasis, L. Stringi (eds) Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes, Volume 4 (1994). Zaragoza : CIHEAM-IAMZ, 1994. 147p.

 

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