Asia Pacific Animal Feed Network
“Adequate and balanced feeding combined with good livestock management and health care is a key to livestock productivity enhancement.” APAF-N
Livestock are an integral component of agriculture. Feed links livestock to land use both directly via grazing and indirectly via traded grain or forage. Furthermore, feed directly influences livestock’s greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint, two important elements of environmental sustainability. Feed provision is the greatest single cost in livestock production, and feed efficiency is central to profitable and sustainable livestock farming.
Responsible management of feed resources for a sustainable livestock sector in Asia. Responsible management entails minimizing negative environmental impacts, wastes, and use of human-edible ingredients while enhancing feed use efficiency, feed safety and feed quality.
The APAF-Network fosters the creation and dissemination of knowledge for a better understanding of feed resources and feeding system in the Asia-Pacific Region. The Network aims to fulfill its mission by:
- Establishing links among the scientific community, livestock feed and processing industries, extension workers, farmers, intergovernmental organizations, civil societies including NGOs having the common goal of serving livestock producers and consumers through generation of knowledge on different aspects of feed resources and feeding systems;
- Providing technical, institutional, and policy support in relation to feed resource assessment and their management.
The overall objective of the Network is to provide a platform for coordination and interaction among all actors in the animal feed chain dealing with animal feeding such as academia, feed producers, traders, extension workers, and farmers.
The specific objectives are:
- Develop, disseminate, and foster adoption of standardized methodologies for feed assessment and feeding system characterization;
- Provide accurate assessments of feed supply and demand at sub-national, national, and regional levels;
- Map feeding systems at national and regional levels;
- Provide guidelines for sustainable feed resource management; and
- Encourage and promote linkages between scientific and industrial research on issues related to feed availability and responsible feed management.
A Concept Note for an Asia-Pacific Animal Feed Network
By Mohammad Mohi Uddin Bangladesh Agricultural University
Why do we talk so much on Feed?
- Major inputs and directly linked with output
- Highest cost item in total livestock production
- Linked with land use changes, feed-food competition
- Feed versus bio-fuel
- Feeds and feeding system with Carbon footprint
- Feeds are linked with Water footprint
- Knowledge creation
- Develop standard method and harmonize output in a comparable manner
- Exchanging and sharing views and produce output together
- Benefiting equally
- Becoming expert
- Recognition in national and international level
- Making friendship, inspiration and motivation