Animal Feeding / CRP37 / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / Livestock / Value chains

ILRI and partners develop and test ‘easy-to-use’ feed assessment tools for Ethiopia

On 21-22 February 2012, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) held a two-day inception workshop for scientists, partners and other stakeholders involved in the Ethiopia Livestock Feed (ELF) project. Among other things, the project will further develop and test three  tools for use in assessing feed in livestock value chains. Two of the tools – FEAST and TechFit – have been developed by ILRI.

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) is aimed at rapid participatory feed assessment. It provides a quick overview of the smallholder farming system in a particular location and how feed fits into the overall enterprise. The second tool (“Techfit“) helps with the question of “what next”? It helps to guide thinking of researchers and development workers on feed technology prioritization.

Together with value chain assessment, both tools will be deployed and tested in this project.

 

See an introductory presentation on FEAST:

 

See an introductory presentation on TechFit:

 

More information on the use of these tools in the ELF project is on the project wiki: FEAST and TechFit.

This project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); it is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish.

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