• Local solutions to empower lives.

  • A key program - sustainable Newcastle disease control and family poultry development.


KYEEMA Foundation

KYEEMA Foundation is an enterprising community organisation that partners with governments, NGOs and the private sector to support local partnerships and initiatives that improve living standards of vulnerable communities – often marginalised communities, where people are disproportionately impacted by economic, socio-political, and environmental forces.

We empower communities to be self-sustaining by protecting their income – vaccinating their chickens which represent their currency. We complement this work by supporting sustainability education and innovations with an emphasis on local initiative that reflects the needs of communities.

KYEEMA registered charity
KYEEMA for Australian Aid


Where Newcastle Disease is not controlled, eggs are not available for food but either must be used to hatch chickens or are exclusively eaten by men. That means that the disease is robbing communities of a nutritionally dense, balanced food in the midst of unacceptably high rates of childhood stunting. KYEEMA Board Member – Dr Robyn Alders

1 in 9 undernourished people

1 in 9 people globally suffer from chronic undernourishment 

[FAO of UN]

Childhood stunting affects more than 147 million pre-schoolers in developing countries. 

[SCN’s World Nutrition Situation 5th report] 

Poultry for poverty alleviation

The majority of the world’s poor rely on raising livestock for their day-to-day living. 

Poultry in particular are ‘petty cash on legs’. Their health is integral to poverty alleviation and food security.

ND I-2 vaccine KYEEMA

Newcastle disease (ND) is a major constraint to village poultry production in Africa and Asia. It is a significant and constant threat to household food security. 

We are pioneering an effective way to treat malnutrition in smallholder farmers through the use of a vaccine that protects poultry from Newcastle disease.

Empowering women in agriculture

In many countries poultry are owned and managed by the most vulnerable community members – women and children. 

Empowering women in agriculture improves livelihoods and nutrition outcomes.


Since the project has been working in Massingir, the production of chickens has increased. My chickens are my banking system – my life savings which enables me to get immediate cash when I need it. Chickens are also really nice to eat and good for our heath. It is improving my children’s health because they are eating more chickens and also because my money is like a medical guarantee of medical assistance. Having chickens around really helps me and my family.

Village Champion – Mr Gomes Matsimbe, Mozambique

60 million

Chickens vaccinated

$8 million

Present value of costs

$479 million

Present value benefits


Benefit-cost ratio

Development of the I-2 thermotolerant vaccination for controlling Newcastle disease by the University of Queensland, funded by ACIAR.

I-2 story

A model for sustainable Newcastle disease control, funded by ACIAR and DFAT, that was researched and tested over 7 years in 3 African countries and is now being rolled out in other countries including Timor Leste.

KYEEMA model for ND control

Establishment of the KYEEMA Foundation, its subsidiary the International Rural Poultry Centre and partnership with the National Rural Poultry Centre in Malawi. 

International Rural Poultry Centre KYEEMA

Scaling up control of Newcastle Disease in African Union member states with technical expertise in vaccine quality control and cold chain.

KYEEMA Master trainers

Supporting the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers and volunteers for development.

KYEEMA interdisciplinary work

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