Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Family poultry development

Family poultry development − Issues, opportunities and constraints.
Olaf Thieme, Emmanuel Babafunso Sonaiya, Antonio Rota, Robyn G. Alders, Mohammad Abdul Saleque and Giacomo De’ Besi
Animal Production and Health Working Paper. No. 12. Rome. FAO. 2014.
33 pages

Improving the effectiveness of family poultry development projects will require:
  • increased awareness among decision-makers in national governments and donor agencies of the role played by family poultry production, both in terms of food security and income generation; support for the development of national policies;
  • better access to services (e.g. training, health, vaccination, credit); 
  • funding for participatory adaptive research to identify appropriate technologies/models that are pro-poor, sustainable, economically viable and environmentally sound (this includes sharing knowledge generated by farmers); 
  • and the creation of opportunities for knowledge sharing.
Assessing the availability of locally available/produced feed resources is important for all four family poultry production systems. The utilization of new and existing local feed resources through different feeding techniques can assist in mitigating the potential impacts of climate change. For scavenging systems assessment of the scavengeable feed resource and its efficient use is crucial.
This document is based on the activities and findings of the “Smallholder Poultry Development Programme”, which was funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by FAO in cooperation with the International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD) and the International Rural Poultry Centre (IRPC) of the Kyeema Foundation.

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