AFRICA – The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) is currently releasing a series of training materials aimed at helping small-scale poultry farmers enhance their farming practices and increase their incomes.

These resources are designed to support farmers who start with a few birds in their gardens and gradually expand their operations to sell chicken meat and eggs, in addition to home consumption.

The WPF explains that small-scale producers can benefit significantly by following essential principles of poultry rearing.

The new visual training guides cover critical topics such as poultry housing, health, water and feed management, and business planning.

These guides are intended to improve poultry productivity and household nutrition, while also enabling small-scale farmers to develop sustainable and profitable operations.

The guides support the production of dual-purpose poultry, which are chickens used for both meat and eggs and are more resistant to diseases than many other poultry types.

Randall Ellis, CEO of the World Poultry Foundation, emphasizes the vital role small-scale poultry producers play in local food systems and rural economies.

“These farmers are essential for improving access to affordable, high-quality protein in rural areas through their production of chicken meat and eggs,” says Ellis.

“We have developed these materials with a focus on rural small-scale farmers. The highly visual content is suitable for a population with lower literacy rates, and the training recommendations are tailored to low-resource settings. Our commitment to supporting inclusive and sustainable poultry value chains is demonstrated by making these resources freely available to farmers and organizations.”

The content is available in English, with videos also in Chinyanja, Mandinka, and Wolof.

 Future translations will include Kiswahili, Fula, Serahule, Jola, and Lingala. 

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