In 2020-21, Kyeema Foundation is working in partnership with CARE and SNV on this project as part of the USAID Feed the Future Livelihoods For Resilience Activity to deliver inclusive market systems through equipping and supporting community poultry vaccinators, who will work with vet vendors to vaccinate chickens in their communities, with a particular focus on Newcastle Disease.
Amhara, Tigray and SNNP regions
Ongoing (started September 2019)
USAID Feed the Future
Poultry population in Ethiopia is estimated to be over 60 million, of which indigenous chicken breeds comprise about 94.33%, with the rest being hybrid and exotic breeds. As part of its Growth and Transformation Plan II (2015-2020), the Government of Ethiopia designed a Livestock Master Plan (LMP) including the poultry sector. The LMP has an ambitious target of increasing chicken meat production by 247% and egg production by 828% by 2020 (Shapiro et al., 2015). To meet this target, several interventions along the poultry value chain are necessary.
The project will provide training of Trainers (TOT) training in Newcastle disease (ND) control for community vaccinators for selected Regional, Woreda and NGOs (those partnering in the poultry sector with SNV) in Amhara, Tigray and SNNP. Trainers will train Kebele vet health posts and, agro-vet vendors to be able to train community vaccinators. An agreed service fee will be set for the vaccinators at the end of the TOT meeting, and this will be approved by the regional government. Vaccination campaigns will be supported three times per year as per the typical vaccination calendar and as relevant to the common periods of ND outbreaks.
What are we doing?
1. Identify, train and equip 27 private vet vendors who will each train 10 Community Vaccinators (CVs).
2. Improve the effectiveness of the poultry health service by training and equipping 270 CVs.
3. Support the dissemination of technology to improve the viability and shelf life of the ND vaccine that works at room temperature.
4. Improve poultry health access for households.
More importantly, why?
This project is about improving the livelihoods and nutrition of several poultry value chain stakeholders. We hope to see:
1. Increase the sale of Newcastle disease vaccine by veterinary vendors.
2. Increased number of households vaccinating against Newcastle disease so as to support decreased chicken mortality, increased flock sizes, and increased sale and consumption of chicken and eggs at household level.
3. Increased veterinary vaccinator income per vaccination campaign.
Will this work contribute to ongoing change?
Our commitment is working with local agencies and government to ensure the long-term sustainability of our project, even after funding ends in order to promote a sustainable model of Newcastle disease control for improved livelihoods in Ethiopia. We measure our outcomes against indicators set out for the specific globally recognised sustainable development goals for 2030