Next Steps in the project

Training week – week beginning 12 March
Who: VCA (trainer: Getachew), FEAST (Trainer: Alan), Techfit (Trainer: Alan). 2+2 researchers from each site (2 feed, 2 socio-economics), Abate, Adugna, Gerba
Where: DZ EIAR
Theory (0.5 day FEAST, 0.5 day Techfit, 1 Day VCA) – Mon/Tue
Practical: 1 day FEAST/Techfit combined), 1 day on VCA (Wed/Thu)
Reflecting back: 1 day (Fri)
When: Week of March 12 - 16?

Pre-testing/ orientation with woreda staff: 2 days
4 FEAST assessments (PRA plus 6 questionnaires) – 2 days giving a total 8 days.
Report: 4 days

Design a simple questionnaire to arrive at context scores – Alan/Bill in consultation with partners
List of technologies needs to be populated: Adugna in consultation with partners
Simple web interface designed for adding technologies – Peter/ Daniel/ Alan
Implementation of Techfit questionnaire done alongside FEAST PRA
Field work: 4 days
Reporting: 4 days
A sample report will be provided (from India)
VCA – restrict to one site: high productivity site
Simple data collection questionnaire designed – focus on feed. Getachew
Sampling strategy designed – how many interviews? With whom? – Getachew
- PRA Key informants: researchers, ministry of agriculture, traders, producers
- Visit to feed and livestock markets
- One focus group discussion
- Secondary data collection
Field work: 5 days for 2 researchers
Reporting: 5 days for 2 researchers

Menz feed balance exercise - Amare
District scale data
Prepare protocol
Locate all potential datasets which might be useful (to lowest scale possible)
Manipulating the data and working out some balances
Focus on Menz but potentially taking in other sites if time allows.

Database of feed quality, prices and volumes - Adugna
Rough list of available samples – samples from SPS-LMM project, from ACDI- VOCA?
Collect samples identified in “purchased feed” section of FEAST. Collect price information and analyse samples.
Design simple data collection template for use at markets - Michael
Analysis at Holetta? Ato Aymro
Import to India?

Desk study on small ruminant feeding strategies – Bill/Jane
ICARDA to become more heavily involved.
Develop overall structure: Bill
ELF team to contribute references from their collections on sheep feeding strategies
Look at economics of more intensive production
Info sources: LiLi, imGoats, Farm Africa, IPMS, USAID Sheep and Goat Improvement Project.
Could draw on info from feed price/quality database.

Next steps
  1. Research agreements with EIAR/ARARI drafted – Alan/Bill
  2. Draft budget breakdowns from Centres – by Mar 1st.
  3. Draft activity plan – Alan/Bill by Mon 27th
  4. ToR’s Prof Adugna, Ato Getachew, Ato Abate
  5. Each team to sensitize their colleagues about the project.
  6. Work more on Techfit: simple questionnaire for context scores
  7. Getachew to develop VCA-lite methodology
  8. Training arrangements: Abate to arrange with Dr Solomon. Tigist.
  9. Work out ICARDA (Jane Wamatu) involvement – Alan
  10. Amare to flesh out details of Menz feed assessment