The objective of the field mission of Regina Roessler, senior scientist of the University of Kassel, was to introduce the tool to representatives of AOPP – Association of Professional Farmer Organisations in Bamako, Mali and CPF – The Peasant Confederation of Faso in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, as well as to representatives of the innovation platforms in Ouarkokh and potentially interested livestock keepers close to Dakar.
WP6 team got positive feedback from the representatives of national producer federations and innovation platforms about testing the tool as an innovation with lead farmers of the innovation platforms. In the course of 2023, the test of the feed ration calculator v2.0 will be performed by local students in each partner country together with selected lead farmers, representatives of national producer federations, national extension services, veterinarians, NGOs, and private feed consultants. The aim is to further co-develop the tool according to the needs of potential end-users in the partner countries through testing the tool and evaluating the effect of site-specific prototype rations on livestock performances on livestock farms.
Written by: Regina Roessler, Coordinator of livestock-related research activities, UNI KASSEL – University of Kassel, Germany