Targeted training videos for keeping healthy and productive chickens in the Pacific released
Our Nature-based solutions work in Papua New Guinea and the wider Pacific, seeks to improve the food and income security of coastal communities while promoting restoration of key coastal ecosystems. Together with community leaders, we are promoting alternative sustainable livelihoods to relieve the pressure that overfishing is placing on coral reefs; an ecosystem already facing threat from rising sea temperatures.
As an example semi-intensive local breed village chickens as an alternative protein and income source to fish has proven very effective in the communities we work.
These birds are crucial local resources, as they have a rich genetic diversity and are found mostly free-range scavenge feeding in many coastal communities throughout the Pacific. They are resilient and require relatively few inputs compared to commercial breed birds. Whilst not as immediately productive as commercial poultry, a low-input cost model of semi-intensified farming, using local feed resources and mostly recycled materials, can improve reproductive output and income earning potential, at the same time as improving the availability and access of chicken and eggs for household nutrition. In all providing a better and more sustainable economic model for small-scale farming.
With funding support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and WWF-Australia through the Climate Resilient by Nature Program, Kyeema worked with Mike Worsman from Give Media, and Kyeema Master Farmers in PNG, to produce a training series on the basics of improved village chicken keeping for better livelihoods.
The training series contains four 15 minute videos on the following topics:
- Healthy Chickens, Improved Livelihoods
- Feeding Chickens
- Breeding Chickens
- Preventing Disease in Chickens
Watch part 1 of the 4 part training video on Keeping Health and Productive Village chickens here at our Learning Hub.
Kyeema has provided support, guidance, and seed funding for village chicken farmers in PNG and Fiji for the last 5 years. With this training series, we hope to be able to train more communities throughout the Pacific to keep healthier and more productive chickens for better livelihoods, in a way that is safe and sustainable. In 2024, we hope to deliver more targeted trainings with new partners to complement Nature -based solutions programs throughout the Pacific.
If you are from Papua New Guinea or the Pacific Islands and interested in learning about implementing this work, please contact us on the details below.
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This initiative is supported by the Australian Government and WWF-Australia through Climate Resilient by Nature (CRxN). CRxN is a new initiative advancing equitable nature-based solutions to climate change in the Indo-Pacific. CRxN supports projects that work with communities to restore and protect critical ecosystems, build sustainable livelihoods, and increase resilience to climate shocks.