Adapting pork production to local conditions in Brazil
Aim: Brazilian pork production is mainly based on feeding soy and corn. This project investigates alternative pig feeds (including Macaúba by-products) and opportunities to breed pigs that are better adapted to these feeds and tropical circumstances. As such the project aims to decrease (feed) costs of Brazilian pork production and reduce the dependency on soy and corn, which will contribute to a more sustainable local pork production. Also, the project assumes that by generating additional economic activities involved in harvesting and processing of Macaúba by-products, 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: Improving 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 by developing and evaluating alternatives and breeding strategies; improving the use of locally produced feed ingredients; and increasing 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