Improvement of village poultry production by communities surrounding South Luangwa National Park in Zambia

Our work in Zambia for this program focused on the sustainable control of ND disease in village chickens and improved poultry husbandry.

Because of the Tsetse-infested areas of the Luangwa Valley, ruminant production is extremely limited.  And village chicken production is a vital part of communities’ livelihood strategies to survive.  This project operated in 5 communities or ‘Chiefdoms’.  And results showed that village chicken numbers increased in villages where vaccinations were conducted. 

Due to the need to find means for reducing the need for communities surrounding South Luangwa National Park to hunt, eat and sell bushmeat, the project also examined management strategies and looked at how to improve household nutrition and food security.