Female farmers learning to raise village chickens for improved food and nutrition security in PNG

This month, we would like to welcome the latest female village chicken farmer to Kyeema Foundation’s village chicken training activity in Central Province, PNG.  Ms Motobi Tamarua attended community training in late June 2021, conducted by Master Village Chicken Farmer Koivi Egu at Kari Kari farm in Tubuseriea. After completing the two-day course, she was she was given a start-up kit which included two hens, a rooster and a fifteen-metre roll of chicken wire. The start-up kits were made available through generous donations from the Rotary Club of Brisbane and also 38 Palladium staff members, who donated the cash value of their Christmas hamper to help farmers in PNG.

Above: Master Village Chicken Farmer Uncle Koivi Egu with village chicken trainee Ms Motobi Tamerua

Ms Tamarua returned to her property in Tubusereia and proceeded to build a chicken house with materials she had using the valuable roll of wire to complete it. She can now easily manage the chickens in an area where she will put in practice what she learned from the training received. Master farmer Koivi Egu will continue to monitor her progress and support her to increase the flock.

Above photo: Ms Tamarua receiving her certificate at the training.

“It is my vision to increase the flock to a reasonable number to generate a sustainable personal income. I hope that the chicken farm will give me independence and that I can be a role model to young females in my community to get involved in agriculture to earn an income and not be dependent on family members.”

 Above: Completed chicken house and donated chickens enjoying their new home with Ms Tamerua.

Kyeema Foundation is proud to be working in PNG at the village level with local people on the ground. We acknowledge the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).