Mixed farming systems

FAO is now working to promote mixed farming systems where crops and livestock complement each other at the farm level. Such systems produce a bigger range of products and thus reduce farmers' risks. Livestock are a source of draught power, fuel and biogas. Major waste disposal problems are solved by feeding the livestock crop residues and using manure to fertilize the fields. Grazing livestock can also be used for weed control.

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Ecuador: traditional threshing of barley using donkeys
FAO/15636/J. Bravo

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