The CropCow market chain team has recently visited three districts in Lombok to collect data for the completion of market chain case studies.
On this field visit, the team included researchers Associate Professor Christie Chang, Dr Hermansyah, Dr Tanda Panjaitan, and CropCow Field Officers Sukri, Uyun, and Askina.
The case studies sought to identify and understand the issues facing farmers in Lombok, as well as those relevant to input suppliers and cattle traders.
During their visit, the team sought to identify opportunities for improving market linkages and developing new markets.
They found that the forage tree legumes, sesbania and leucaena, are making significant contributions to a large number of cattle fattening enterprises, in terms of increasing daily weight gain, overcoming feed scarcity in the dry season, increasing household incomes, and a sense of empowerment and self-pride for being a good cattle farmer.
Unfortunately, the lack of supply for quality feeder cattle currently has the potential to reduce the overall impact of their hard-won success.
The team also found that women are very much involved in cattle raising, but the importance of their work is often not recognised fully by men, or by themselves.
Based on these observations, it is clear that there are opportunities for further work in market chain development and empowerment of women, and that these will be an important focus of market chain work in Lombok.