Kyeema’s latest activities in Malawi, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea.

Kyeema was recently accredited to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and has used these funds, along with donations from our kind supporters, to commence three new activities. Have a read to learn more about these projects.

Malawi: Village Poultry for Better Livelihoods

Kyeema believes in the power of poultry to improve livelihoods for society’s vulnerable communities, and we believe this project does just that! In partnership with the Rural Poultry Centre (RPC), one of Kyeema’s oldest partners in the field, we are working with communities in Mchinji District to reduce Newcastle disease fatalities in poultry. This project continues on from previous work in Malawi with the RPC and will involve the training of 50 community-based poultry technicians (60% female), Newcastle disease vaccination campaigns and training in poultry husbandry.

By improving production and health of village poultry, we expect to see improvements in food and nutrition security and overall livelihoods, and an increased knowledge and confidence of women about poultry health.

Ethiopia: Pilot of Master Trainer courses to improve the value chain of Newcastle disease control

Kyeema has partnered with the African Union Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre (AU-PANVAC), based in Ethiopia, to strengthen the capacity of African countries to control Newcastle disease (ND) in village chickens. This project is an extension of previous activities undertaken with AU-PANVAC to develop a Master Trainer training program to ultimately increase the effectiveness of ND control personnel and decrease or eliminate the need for external support in ND management.

During this project, Kyeema will work with Master Trainers from 10 African countries to pre-test Master Trainer curriculum and modules. Over the next couple of years, the aim is to provide Master Trainers with the skills and knowledge they need to roll out the training across African Member States, to increase capacity to implement sustainable national ND control programs for family poultry.

PNG: Food security and income for villages in PNG through village chicken rearing and reef restoration

The impacts of climate change in PNG are increasing in number and magnitude, and coupled with destructive fishing practices, PNG’s coral reefs are suffering, reducing food and nutrition security for coastal communities.

Kyeema has partnered with Hiri Coral to work with Tubusereia, Gwarumemase, Gaba Gaba and Vanapa communities in Central Province to restore coral reefs and introduce village chicken keeping and vegetable gardens as alternative food and livelihood activities, in a more holistic approach to conservation, food security and health.

A major obstacle to the sustainability of marine conservation projects in other countries has been community compliance, as restoring the coral reefs requires community agreement to set up no-take fishing areas. However, by introducing village chickens as an alternative protein source for fish and providing training in conservation and livelihood activities, we believe we can overcome this issue.

Kyeema has established Master Farmers to breed productive village chickens and to train neighbouring communities in basic village chicken husbandry.

What is the ANCP?

The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) is a unique global program and is the Australia Government Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT’s) largest single support mechanism for Australian non-government organisations (NGOs). Established in 1974, the ANCP supports accredited Australian NGOs through annual grants to implement their own projects and strategic priorities, consistent with the goals of the Australian Aid program.

ANCP in 2019-2020 

$132 million will be spent, with an additional $35.6 million (27%) million spent from NGO contributions. 57 accredited Australian NGOs will be working with over 2000 partners. We are the 57th accredited NGO and will work with three key partners using ANCP funds.

Kyeema Foundation is grateful and acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the ANCP.