The food pellets restoring degraded rangelands in Tunisia  

Dec 14 2021

By Dr. Aymen Freija, ICARDA Senior Scientist and Agricultural Economist, and Mr. Udo Rudiger, Agricultural Innovation Specialist at ICARDA.

For decades, farmers in Southern Tunisia have struggled to obtain sufficient animal feed for their goats, sheep, and cows. Accessing feed is especially challenging in the summer months and in times when rangelands are officially designated fallow and off-limits by the government to allow regeneration from grazing.

The region has little rainfall, so crops, including the ones grown to feed animals, are not produced in sufficient quantities. Instead, livestock production and pastoralism are the two main income-generating activities supporting smallholder family farmers’ livelihoods and food security in the region.

Due to low feed supplies, animals graze on rangelands which can degrade this ecosystem’s biodiversity and health if uninterrupted.

ICARDA and the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock (CRP Livestock) are solving the issue while protecting the environment through food pellet machines that boost production of animal feed and use readily available farming by-products.

Source: ICARDA