The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST), by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is a systematic method to assess local feed resource availability and use. It helps in the design of intervention strategies aiming to optimize feed utilization and animal production. The tool comprises two main elements:
- A focused PRA exercise which provides an overview of the farming system with particular emphasis on livestock feed aspects.
- A simple and brief quantitative questionnaire, designed to be completed by experts under the guidance of the Feast facilitator. Output from 'feast' consists of a short report in a defined format along with some quantitative information on overall feed availability, quality and seasonality which can be used to help inform intervention strategies