ECLIPSE Project

The ECLIPSE project (Emerging Crop-LIvestock Production Systems adapted to a changing Environment) aims to conduct research activities integrated at different levels in order to offer directly transferable solutions to ruminant production systems in partner countries.

The aim is to improve and disseminate the tools for characterizing the resources available for ruminant farming to integrate them into more global adaptation strategies at the farm or territory level, to bring out new strategies of adaptation that are not or not closely related to feeding strategies, and to evaluate their relevance to meet the expectations of the different stakeholders (producers, decision-makers, companies) according to multicriteria indicators (social, economic and environmental).

ECLIPSE - 2015 - 2019

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

  • Define regional strategies for adapting ruminant livestock systems to environmental and socio-economic changes, through the provision and use of innovative management tools and the implementation of trials and research activities to identify the most efficient herd management methods and technical pathways
  • Strengthen the exchange of skills and information within an expanded partnership network in the Indian Ocean Region (ARChE_Net network)

CONTENT OF THE PROJECT

ACTION 0: GOVERNANCE OF THE ECLIPSE PROJECT

 

Governance of the project with the preparation of a partnership agreement, the organization of annual steering committees and missions of support and expertise between partners, the financial and administrative management, and the management of communication with the partners of the project but also communication outside the network.

 

 ACTION 1: AGRONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERIZATION OF RESOURCES

Development of tools to assess the quantity and quality of resources available for ruminant farming. These devices make it possible to carry out evaluations on several levels, from the plot (herbometer) to the territory (Remote sensing). The main emphasis is on portable tools, including infrared spectrometry (near and medium) to measure the quality of biomass (nutritional value of fresh or conserved forages, fertilizer value of organic residual matter, soil fertility level).

ACTION 2: TECHNIQUES FOR CONSERVATION OF FORAGE BIOMASS AND NUTRIENTS

 

To test different techniques of forage conservation (silage and hay) and of enhancement of organic matter (animal and vegetal) for the fertilisation of grasslands and crops In order to conserve nutrients and limit the environmental impacts (GHG and methane emissions).

 

ACTION 3: ADAPTATION STRATEGIES THROUGH FEEDING

 

Add-value to several existing forage resources (cropped forages, crop residues, agro-industrial residues, multipurpose resources) for animal feeding.

 

ACTION 4: CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ADAPTIVE CAPACITY OF RUMINANTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS

Quantification of the impact of climatic and nutritional constraints on zootechnical performance of herds, and to formulate strategies of adaptation of livestock systems in the future.

ACTION 5: MULTI-CRITERIA EVALUATION OF ADAPTATION STRATEGIES AT DIFFERENT SCALES

 

Development of methods, tools and models to evaluate the economic and environmental impacts of past, ongoing or future changes in farm management practices or in the organization of the commodity chain.

 

ACTION 6: TRAINING AND E-LEARNING

 

This activity brings together different training actions (teaching modules and materials, practical and theoretical training workshops) for technicians, professionals, engineers and research workers from all partner countries and institutions.

 

ACTION 7: ADDING-VALUE AND COMMUNICATION

 

This action regroups different activities of extension/diffusion of tools, methods and results obtained by the ECLIPSE project and communication actions among partners, professionals of the livestock sector and the general public (reports, forums, conferences, website and internet platform).

 


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