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 those chickens is often low.
The Animal Breeding & Genomics group plays a prominent role in the large-scale African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) program, which is coordinated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and is funded from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Beter adapted chickens
The aim of ACGG is to improve the delivery of better adapted chickens to support poverty reduction, productivity growth, increased household animal protein intake, and the empowerment of women farmers in rural communities.
Several breeds tested
In the program, which will continue until 2019, 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.