TANZANIA – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) are teaming up with other stakeholders to launch a significant initiative aimed at improving poultry farming among youth and women in Dodoma.

The project, called the “Accelerated Innovation Delivery Initiative – Livestock” (AID-L) Tanzania, is backed by USAID with a funding of US$2M.

This two-year initiative is designed to expand access to improved breeds of dual-purpose chickens, particularly commercial broilers and layers.

It aims to reach 18,000 farmers in both rural and urban areas of Dodoma.

The project will provide support through cost-sharing for start-ups and scale-ups, and will also offer advisories and mass media resources to reduce poultry morbidity and mortality.

The AID-L project will be implemented across all eight districts of the Dodoma region.

In addition to ILRI and TALIRI, the project involves the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Land O’Lakes Venture37.

Key stakeholders include Silverlands Tanzania Limited, Interchick Company Ltd, and the Poultry Association of Tanzania (PAT).

This initiative is part of the broader Southern Africa Accelerated Innovation Delivery Initiative (AID-I) Rapid Delivery Hub, which is a US$50 million, 36-month project operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania.

The overall goal of AID-I is to reach 3 million beneficiaries across these countries.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) 2021 data, over 80 percent of households in Tanzania keep chickens, contributing significantly to the agricultural GDP.

Indigenous chickens account for more than 70 percent of the demand for chicken meat and eggs in rural areas and up to 20 percent in urban areas.

Nationally, approximately 40 million chickens are indigenous breeds, and 32 million are commercial poultry, which includes 24 million for meat and 8 million for egg production.

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