ACIAR, the school of veterinary science at UQ and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) were at the forefront in funding village chicken development and research, in particular the development of the thermostable I-2 ND vaccine.
The IRPC was formed to continue this work and to group the specialists involved with village poultry development and research.
Dr Robyn Alders (current Board director of the KYEEMA Foundation and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney), with support from Dr Rosa Costa (current Board director and regional program manager) undertook all the initial laboratory and field trial work on the I-2 based in Mozambique for ACIAR/UQ/AusAID from 1996-2005. Robyn and other members of the organisation, including Dr Mary Young (current senior technical manager), and Ms Celia Grenning (current CEO), went on to be involved with the set up and implementation of projects for the control of ND and improved village poultry production in various countries including Angola, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ghana, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia. This experience forms the basis of our approach and expertise in projects today.
The I-2 master seed material was produced by Emeritus Professor Peter Spradbrow with funding from ACIAR and is held at present at UQ and is still freely available to countries that request the I-2 vaccine.
IRPC continues to promote cost-efficient, sustainable improvements to village poultry production. We assist, where possible, with training laboratory and field staff, with the goal of promoting:
- a vaccine production that is of the highest quality standard;
- vaccinations to be administered correctly and successfully; and
- field workers that are aware of simple, cost-effective husbandry practices that can further improve production.