Chickens are important to African smallholder farmers, but often these animals are not very productive. The farmers cannot afford to import chicken types that lay a lot of eggs or grow more meat. Besides, these highly productive chickens will not survive the harsh circumstances in African villages.
Together with partners, Wageningen scientists are helping Ethiopian farmers to improve their local, well-adapted chickens. Selection and breeding programmes have resulted in more eggs and meat, to be consumed in the village or to be sold on the market in town. By improving the food security and by helping smallholder farmers to get out of poverty, Wageningen UR contributes to a better quality of life.
Improved chickens through breeding
More food security, higher income
The breeding of more productive chickens has provided smallholders in Ethiopia with more protein-rich food and a higher income.