Initial successful laboratory and field trials of the I-2 vaccine in Mozambique supported by ACIAR were followed by funding for a larger program in Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi by Australian Aid (1998-2005). In order to keep the Australian expertise together, the Kyeema Foundation was formed in 2003. Since then DFAT and ACIAR, together with a variety of international donors, have supported KYEEMA to research, deliver and consult on a multitude of poultry and other innovative agricultural development projects across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Today KYEEMA work continues to be driven by a diverse group of Australian and African women and men who are leaders in their fields.
The I-2 Master seed is made available to governments worldwide at no cost in order to produce vaccines locally at well managed laboratories and disseminated through community driven programs. The efficacy and affordability of this vaccine has made achieving an acceptable level of protection possible. Furthermore, its preservation in circumstances where there is poor refrigeration means that it easy to transport and administer effectively in rural village settings. If vaccination campaigns are well delivered and maintained in the community, the result is improved income generation, empowered women and additional livelihood security for farmers and community vaccinators alike.
The outcomes of Kyeema Foundation’s activities in improving small holder poultry production are central to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Without Australian Aid, the reach and further development of this and similar agricultural development work will be impacted.