Adapting pork production to local conditions in Brazil
Brazilian pork production is mainly based on feeding soy and corn. This project investigates alternative pig feeds (including Macaúba byproducts) and opportunities to breed pigs that are better adapted to these feeds and tropical circumstances. By reducing the dependency on soy and corn, the project contributes to a more sustainable local pork production.
Aim: The aim of this project is to decrease (feed) costs of Brazilian pork production, which is now mainly based on feeding soy and corn. By generating additional economic activities involved in harvesting and processing of Macaúba byproducts, and by allowing global breeding plans to serve specific local breeding goals, the long-term competitiveness of local pork production in Brazil will be improved.
Objective: Improve food security by fulfilling, at least partly, the increasing demand for animal protein. Environmental sustainability as a result of feed efficiency.
Method: Quantification of threats in pork production: develop and evaluate alternatives and breeding strategies; improve the use of locally produced feed ingredients; and increase the feed efficiency through genetic selection.
Dutch policy goals: Increase sustainable food production; and Improved access to nutrition.
Duration: August 01, 2014 – September 01, 2019