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Presented by Jane Wamatu (ICARDA) at the Training Workshop on Feed Assessment Tools, ILRI, Addis Ababa, 18-21 November 2013

Presented by Jane Wamatu (ICARDA) at the Training Workshop on Feed Assessment Tools, ILRI, Addis Ababa, 18-21 November 2013

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  • FEAST Feed Assessment Tool Jane Wamatu (ICARDA) Training on Feed Assessment Tools, ILRI, Addis Ababa, 18-21 November 2013
  • Feed Assessment: The Problem Conventionally focuses on:  The feeds  Nutritive value of the feeds  Ways of improving the nutritive value 2
  • What is FEAST?  A tool to assess feed resource availability and use at site-level  A systematic and rapid method  Broadens feed assessment to determine:  is livestock is an important livelihood strategy?  how important are feed problems relative to other problems?  What about labour, inputs, credit, seasonality, markets?  Helps in the design of site-specific strategies for feed supply and utilization through technical and organizational interventions 3
  • Components of the FEAST Tool PRA Exercise Individual Farmer Survey Data Analysis & Developing Interventions 4 • Overview of Farming System • Description of the Livestock Production System • Major Problems, Issues and Opportunities within the livestock system • Quantitative Information on crop-livestock production, feed availability, feeding rations • Qualitative Information - perception on feed • Enter data into FEAST Template • Based on result, develop ideas for Intervention
  • PRA  General description of farming system      range of farm sizes, farm labour availability annual rainfall pattern irrigation availability types of animals raised by households  General description of livestock production  the types of animals raised  the purpose of raising these animals  the general animal husbandry  Ease of access to credit  How available are necessary inputs  Problem identification and potential solutions 5
  • Individual Farmer Survey  Quantitative questionnaire  Land size of small, medium, large farmer  Animals – livestock inventory  Crops - yields and areas to derive crop residue availability  Cultivated forages – yields and areas  Collected fodder: proportion of diet  Purchased feed  Grazing: proportion of diet  Contributors to household income  Production o o Milk production Sale of livestock  Seasonality o Feed supply: overall seasonal availability o What is fed in different months? 6
  • Data Analysis - FEAST Template 7
  • FEAST Sample Output 8
  • FEAST Sample Output 9
  • FEAST Sample Output 10
  • Final Output  Feast report with some ideas for key problems and solutions  Better links and understanding between farmers, research and development staff 11
  • Project partners -Ethiopia
  • Thank You Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net The presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given to ILRI.