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 th...
What is FEAST?
 A tool to assess feed resource availability and

use at site-level
 A systematic and rapid method
 Broa...
Components of the FEAST Tool
PRA
Exercise

Individual
Farmer
Survey

Data
Analysis &
Developing
Interventions
4

• Overvie...
PRA
 General description of farming system
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range of farm sizes,
farm labour availability
annual rainfall patte...
Individual Farmer Survey
 Quantitative questionnaire
 Land size of small, medium, large farmer
 Animals – livestock inv...
Data Analysis - FEAST Template

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FEAST Sample Output

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FEAST Sample Output

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FEAST Sample Output

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Final Output
 Feast report with some ideas for key problems and

solutions
 Better links and understanding between farme...
Project partners -Ethiopia
Thank You
Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation

africa-rising.net

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FEAST: Feed Assessment Tool

  1. 1. FEAST Feed Assessment Tool Jane Wamatu (ICARDA) Training on Feed Assessment Tools, ILRI, Addis Ababa, 18-21 November 2013
  2. 2. Feed Assessment: The Problem Conventionally focuses on:  The feeds  Nutritive value of the feeds  Ways of improving the nutritive value 2
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Data Analysis - FEAST Template 7
  8. 8. FEAST Sample Output 8
  9. 9. FEAST Sample Output 9
  10. 10. FEAST Sample Output 10
  11. 11. Final Output  Feast report with some ideas for key problems and solutions  Better links and understanding between farmers, research and development staff 11
  12. 12. Project partners -Ethiopia
  13. 13. 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.

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