Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST): Experiences from South Asia
Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST): Experiences from South Asia<br />ArindamSamaddar, Nils Teufel, V. Padmakumar<br />1<br />Workshop on Feed Technology Screening and Prioritisation, Dehra Dun, India, 19-22 September 2011<br />
Context<br />CSISA - O2.5 Assess opportunities for improved livestock integration in future cereal systems<br /> - Developing feeding strategies and intervention<br /> - Improving the efficiency of residue based feeding in the cereal system<br />Why Use FEAST?<br />systematic and rapid methodology for assessing feed resources and demand within a farming system<br />2<br />
Working hubs<br />Begusarai<br /> Karnal<br /> Chitwan<br />Dinajpur<br />
FEAST – lessons learned<br />Very Useful<br />Gives good overview of the system<br />Very useful to explore new areas<br />Good overview of current feeding practices – sources of different kinds of feed<br />Quick assessment of seasonal variation of feed supply, input and output<br />Participatory group discussion – explore Out of the box<br />
FEAST – lessons learned<br />Scope for improvement<br />Uncommon topics - How to deal with topics not commonly discussed?<br />Complexity of the system - How to capture the underlying factors which determine the use of crop residue?<br />Easy structure - How to make it simpler to local level worker to handle FEAST?<br />Proper sampling - How to make proper selection of farmers?<br />Qualitative and quantitative data – How to use it?<br />
FEAST – lessons learned<br />Issues<br />Both qualitative and quantitative aspect is important for planning and intervention<br />Scope of FEAST<br /><ul><li>more qualitative and quantitative?
FEAST to intervention or FEAST as a first step? </li></li></ul><li>More Information<br />https://sites.google.com/a/cgxchange.org/feast/home<br />8<br />