This booklet is based on the experiences of researchers and farmers working with the AusAID-funded Forages for smallholders project (FSP) in Southeast Asia. This project is a partnership of smallholder farmers, development workers and researchers who are using participatory approaches to developing forage technologies on farms (see inside cover for details). More than 600 forage varieties were evaluated by FSP partners, including varieties selected by national programs and varieties from germplasm collections cf CIAT (Centro Internacional de Agticultura Tropical) and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia). This work would not hove been possible without access to these extensive forage germplasm collections. All of the forages included in this booklet are being used by smallholder formers and have significant potential for improved livestock production and natural resource management.
Many people have contributed to the development and production of this booklet. Special thanks go to the partners of the FSP including Le Van An, Perla Asis, Le Hoa Binh, Wong Choi Chee, Francisco Gabunada, Liu Guodao, Bryan Hacker, Heriyanto, Ibrahim, Tatang Ibrahim, Peter Kerridge, Truong Tan Khanh, Elaine Lanting, Eduedo Magboo, Willie Nacalaban, Ganda Nakamanee, Chaisang Phaikaew, Phonepaseuth Phengsavanh, Vanthong Phengvichith, Viengsavanh Phimphachanhvongsod, I. Ketut Rika, Tugiman and Maimunah Tuhulele. The original introduction and evaluation was conducted by Bert Grof. Early evaluations on-farm were supervised by Trevor Gibson and Arthur Cameron.
Thanks are due to Arthur Cameron, Bruce Cook, Bert Grof , Michael Hare, John Hopkinson, John Miles and Max Shelton who provided comments on the draft of the booklet. We also thank Albert Borrero for preparing the layout and Ian Partridge, Nathan Russell and Julio Martínez for their layout ideas. Photographs were supplied by Jim Holmes, Alan Pottinger, Emma Louie Orencia, Lingkod Sayo, Wong Choi Chee, Michael Hare, Werner Stür and Peter Horne, and are credited with their initials. Cartoons were drawn by Dave Daniel and the cover drawing is by Kongphat Luangrath.
We also thank CIAT CSIRO, the Department of Livestock Development (Thailand), Oxford Forestry Institute, and other national and international programs in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Australia for providing the information and seed which was essential to running this forage evaluation and development program in Southeast Asia.
The publication of this booklet has been generously funded by ACIAR.