Improving Rural Livelihoods in Malawi Through Village Poultry

Objectives

1. Foster widespread government and community commitment to village poultry.

2. Collaboration and liaison with other NGOs (Small Scale Livestock and Livelihood Program, InterAide, Land O-Lakes, Concern Worldwide and Peace Corps) and the Malawi Government’s Livestock Department through the provision of training materials and technical support for delivering poultry health programs for small-scale farmers.

3. Advocate for the smallholder poultry sector in Malawi.

4. Improve control of Newcastle disease and other sources of loss through supporting the stability and sustainability of the government’s I-2 Newcastle disease vaccine production unit at the Central Veterinary Laboratory.

5. Promote training and education at all levels, in smallholder poultry and related subjects through continued programs for training community based poultry technicians, striving for equal numbers of men and women.

6. Serve as a focus for a network of individuals and institutions who are involved with village poultry in Malawi.

7. Serve as a small but significant local centre of excellence on the village poultry sector.

8. Undertake some basic field research on health, production and marketing of village poultry.

9. Promote measures to improve the health and production of village poultry.

10. Evaluate and optimise the potential of rural poultry genetic resources.

KYEEMA Malawi village poultry

Community based poultry technicians (vaccinators) in Mchinji district. 

Impact

RPC has trained over 60 community based vaccinators, resulting in the vaccination of over 100,000 birds and impaction at least 2400 families in Ntchisi district alone.

Outcomes

Decreased chicken mortality

Increased availability of chicken meat, eggs and income from chicken and egg sales which can be spent on more diverse food and other immediate needs for the household.

Improved income generation for community vaccinators.

Women’s empowerment through increased income earning potential with a sustainable small business solution.

Sustainability

RPC has teamed up with LUANAR (Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources – Bunda campus) to pilot a novel approach to marketing strategies for village poultry in Mchinji. The mechanism utilises a select group of farmers (“mother units”) who purchase day-old-chicks and grow them out under well managed conditions to on-sell to grower farmers. Incubation of village chicken eggs takes place at Bunda.

Sustainability is achieved through the ongoing work of the community based poultry technicians, who benefit from the income received through payments from households for using their vaccination services. RPC continues to support vaccinators to improve their business through each vaccination campaign cycle. 

We will continue to fund the work of RPC through our #chickens4Africa #kuku4thegirl #buildtheflock fundraising campaigns

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