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

This project focused on the sustainable control of Newcastle disease in village poultry and improved village poultry husbandry.

It also looked at management strategies including marketing; and improved household welfare including improved nutrition and food security as a means of reducing the need for communities surrounding South Luangwa National Park to hunt, eat and sell bushmeat.

It is important to note that in the Tsetse-infested areas of the Luangwa Valley, ruminant production is extremely limited and so village poultry production is a vital part of communities’ livelihood strategies. In households where poultry are the only livestock raised, both women and men take an active interest in the activity. This project operated in five Chiefdoms and results showed that village chicken numbers increased in villages where vaccination was conducted and decreased in control villages.