In Africa, chicken production is important in nearly all poor rural smallholder households. Families keep chickens to produce meat and eggs for home consumption and they are a source of income. But the productivity of these chickens is often low.
Wageningen University & Research, Animal Breeding & Genomics plays a prominent role in the large-scale African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) programme, which is coordinated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Several breeds tested
In the programme, several different breeds of chickens from India and Africa were tested for their high-production potential under low-input systems in three target countries – Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania. On-farm testing was combined with community-level farmer innovation platforms that engage women to co-create solutions.
Better adapted chickens
By improving the delivery of better adapted chickens, ACGC supports poverty reduction, productivity growth, increased household animal protein intake and the empowerment of women farmers in rural communities.