Mozambique “Village Chicken” project contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has provided funds to KYEEMA for a program in Nampula and Sofala Provinces in Mozambique, which specifically targets the SDG goal of reducing hunger (#2).  The aim is to expand the number of households vaccinating chickens against Newcastle disease, to produce healthier and larger flocks and thus encourage more households to consume and sell their chickens and eggs.

This program also contributes to SDG goals of decent work and economic growth (#8) and gender equality (#5) through:

  • training more vaccinators (including striving for a balanced number of females and males);
  • aiming to increase vaccinator client base (number of households paying to vaccinate their chickens);
  • increasing the efficiency of service that vaccinators provide (number of chickens vaccinated and reduced vaccine wastage); and
  • increasing the amount of money vaccinators earn per vaccination campaign.

With greater household chicken consumption, there is usually also increased chicken sales by the household, which demonstrates the positive effect of vaccination not just on food security, but also on household income.

Monitoring and evaluation of outcome indicators conducted in the final vaccination campaign (March 2017) for this project show promising results.

KYEEMA’s Veterinary trainer, Ana Zandamela (right), with the vaccinator Amelia Andre at farmer Joaquina Ali Trigo’s house. Photo credit: Rosa Costa

Dr Rosa Costa (program leader) and team at the project coordination meeting in Nampula.

The program has largely exceeded its target number of household beneficiaries and chickens vaccinated in both Provinces. Some challenges have been experienced in Sofala Province with reaching the target number of beneficiaries though. This was in part due to political instability in the region and in part due to late delivery of campaign bicycles which meant that vaccinators could not cover large distances in a day to visit households. Despite this, the target number of chickens vaccinated has been exceeded at 106% (144,149 chickens of the 135,000 planned).