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Robyn Alders (University of Sydney) - Strengthening food security through family poultry and crop integration in Eastern and Southern Africa

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Presentation to the AIFSC-ILRI Nutrition Workshop

Presentation to the AIFSC-ILRI Nutrition Workshop


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  • 1. Strengthening food security through family poultry and crop integration in Eastern and Southern Africa Design phase Builds on ACIAR and AusAID support for the control of Newcastle disease in village chickens using thermotolerant vaccine Village poultry are frequently a part of mixed farming systems Funded by the Australian International Food Security Centre Credit: Kyeema/Alders
  • 2. Learning about family poultry: 3 production systems under 1 umbrellaFamily poultry - small-scale poultry keeping by households usingfamily labour and, wherever possible, locally available feed resources.Family poultry employs one of three different production systems andmay involve chickens, muscovy, pigeons, mallard ducks, Guinea fowl,quail, turkeys or geese. Increasing inputs Extensive Semi-intensive Intensive Credit: Kyeema/Alders
  • 3. Why village poultry? Universally owned livestock species Lack of essential inputs in rural areas Village poultry production is efficient in terms of costs, labour inputs and environmental impact Vital role in rural families as they provide: - assets for women and children - petty cash - high quality protein and micronutrients - pest control - manure for vegetable gardens, and - social credit – ceremonies Credit: Paul Forster and rituals
  • 4. Eggceptional value! One egg contains: - 315 kilojoules of energy - high quality protein – rich in essential amino acids) - Vitamins including Vit. A, B12, K and choline - minerals Sterile inside Easy to store Credit: FAO/Alders Easy and quick to cook
  • 5. Targeting the role of women in food security Key role in the care of children, plants and poultry Limited access to information on nutrition and health Understanding perceptions of nutrition and health Nutritional impact of the control of Newcastle disease in village chickens
  • 6. Thank you for your attention Questions? Comments?Credit: Kyeema/Alders

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