In these countries, the Governments look to the control of ND in the family sector through mass vaccination campaigns as a priority intervention. In Tanzania, the government established a “Kuku day” (chicken day) as a national day to recognise the contribution of village chickens and the need for ND control. In Mozambique, ND control in village chicken is one of the key performance indicators for the Ministry of Agriculture.
The support provided from 2006 through to 2014 has strengthened the capability of, and relationship between, stakeholders in order to successfully implement ND control programs and achieve a decrease in chicken mortality rates caused by ND in project areas. Through these activities, village poultry production has been increased and this will contribute to food security and poverty alleviation of the population in project areas. KYEEMA staff have been involved with Australian funded ND control activities in southern Africa since 1998, when the first trial work was undertaken in Mozambique. The work expanded to a regional activity funded for Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique from 2002-2005, with Zambia added in 2009.
Our key project partners in each country were the respective Ministries of Agriculture/ Livestock Development and Fisheries; and the Central Veterinary Laboratories in Malawi and Tanzania; the Central Veterinary Research Institute in Zambia and the Directorate of Animal Science of the Mozambican Agricultural Research Institute.