Fodder tree/shrub legumes have the potential for alleviating some of the feed shortages and
nutritional deficiencies experienced in the dry season on smallholder farms. Zambia has a wide range
of naturally occurring tree/shrub species that can be used as fodder for ruminants. Over the years a
number of trees have been selected for their agronomic qualities and are currently being used in arable
farming systems to promote soil fertility and erosion control. There is a need to evaluate them for use
as fodder for ruminants in the dry season. Because of their high content of protein, minerals and
vitamins and availability in the dry season, fodder tree/shrub legumes have the capacity to
complement the feeding of crop-residues and natural pastures.