Introducing the ‘Quick Feeds’ project - Fodder and feed as a key opportunity to drive sustainable intensification of crop livestock systems in Ethiopia

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Presented by Alan Duncan at the Africa-RISING Quick Feed Project Inception Workshop, Addis Ababa, 7-8 May 2012

Presented by Alan Duncan at the Africa-RISING Quick Feed Project Inception Workshop, Addis Ababa, 7-8 May 2012

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  • 1. Introducing the ‘Quick Feeds’ project - Fodder and feed as a key opportunity to drive sustainable intensification of crop livestock systems in Ethiopia Alan DuncanAfrica-RISING Quick Feed Project Inception Workshop, Addis Ababa, 7-8 May 2012
  • 2. StructureDuration: May – Sept, 2012!Lead implementer: ILRICollaboration with ICARDA, EIAR and OARI
  • 3. Various crops – grains (or tubers) for consumption, for market, and residues for animal feed, soil fertility, construction, fuel
  • 4. Animals are akey and integral part of thefarming system with multiple roles
  • 5. Animals...................Crops Traction Crop residues Manure Sales for inputs
  • 6. Mixed systemsInteractions between crops and livestockCrop residues are substantial component of livestock dietsFeeding of livestock needs to take account of arable realities: competition for land, free grazing in off season etc.
  • 7. Challenges to improved feed supplyFood securityLand scarcity/tenureMarkets for livestock productsFree grazingTraction a sink for feed
  • 8. The way aheadThings are changing – Dwindling grazing resources forcing other feed sources to be considered – Urbanization leading to increased demand for livestock products – Improving infrastructure – Are we about to see things moving?
  • 9. ObjectiveThe proposed project aims toincrease the capacity of valuechains to support more effectiveuse of feed by mixed farmers(including supply and quality,impacts on livestock production andproduct appeal to markets).
  • 10. Outputs On farm decision making – to - Synthesis of key drivers of on-farm feed production and the factors support affecting crop-livestock farmers’ use of intervention on-farm and off-farm feed resources. - Data base of price, quality and volume strategies and data for key feeds associated with the scaling out target value chains. Indicative quantification of feed purchase/exchange by users, and Value chain determining factors assessment – to - Targeted value chain assessment of feed elements of livestock value chains; support market including maps for feed-related interventions elements of prominent livestock value chains in Ethiopia and to gather indicative data on flows, volumes, prices of feeds and fodder associated Future feed with those value chains. - Assessment of demand for and scenarios availability of feed in the target sites.
  • 11. Which tools?Value chain analysis (VCA)Feed assessment tool (FEAST)Feed technology prioritization (Techfit)SLATE – for livelihood scoring