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Fodder Trees, Nurseries and their Central Role in the Hill-Farming systems of Nepal

Research reports

Fodder trees are crucial in Nepal because livestock depend on them in the dry season. This paper found that farmers in many areas were keen to extend coverage of fodder trees but were constrained by many factors, most importantly the narrow choice of species available from nurseries. Meanwhile management of natural forest was hampered by the mismatch between forestry professionals' emphasis on marketable timber and local people's preference for fodder trees. The author suggested the most useful directions for on-station and on-farm trials, including experimentation with vegetative propagation, preferably combined with further surveys of farmers' values and practices.

Patrick Robinson, Ian Thompson