Our Bold Idea
Our overall research goal is to improve the quality of life for rural poor in Africa by increasing returns from family chicken flocks. Poultry production is an integral part of village life in Africa. Households rely on backyard flocks for food and income. Usually, indigenous chickens in family flocks perform poorly.
Our aim is to substantially increase backyard poultry production by introducing a high-performing, vaccinated hybrid chicken called Kuroiler. This is a low-maintenance, highly productive scavenger chicken that thrives in village environments.
It’s estimated that each family with Kuroiler chickens will produce twice the amount of meat and four times the number of eggs compared to local indigenous chickens, thus generating over three times the income typical from indigenous flocks.
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To create sustainable change, reduce malnutrition and improve the quality of life for rural households in Africa.
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|INDIGENOUS AFRICAN FLOCK||KUROILER FLOCK|
Average hen lays 20-40 eggs per
|Average hen lays 150-200 per
Average male chicken live weight
|Average male chicken live weight
The principal beneficiary would be impoverished families, particularly women, in Ugandan villages. Participating families will see a rapid and remarkable increase in the availability of eggs and meat. Additional family income will be generated from the sale of surplus poultry products.
Improved family nutrition should reduce the negative impact of malnutrition on child development, enhance immune competence, and reduce the incidence of infectious and non-infectious diseases. Because the proposed work will establish a financially self-sustaining chicken distribution system, the villagers will benefit from new entrepreneurial opportunities for poultry extension workers, dealers, mother unit owners and vendors.
Finally, because women are typically responsible for raising backyard poultry in rural households, the economic and nutritional gains are likely to raise the social status of women within families.
Our current focus is Uganda. Efforts are underway to initiate Kuroiler distribution in other African countries. In Uganda, the following has been accomplished:
- In collaboration with the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre & Databank, approximately 500,000 vaccinated Kuroiler chickens have been distributed to rural households.
- A parent flock of Kuroiler chickens purchased from Keggfarms, India is being raised in Entebbe. The flock came into production in December, 2013.
- An economically self-sustaining Kuroiler distribution system has been installed.
- Fifty-one of 111 districts in the country have households raising Kuroilers.
- Because Kuroiler chickens were vaccinated prior to distribution, no major disease outbreaks have been reported.
- A network of poultry veterinarians is providing extension assistance to farmers in diverse parts of the country. This network will be expanded to further reduce sporadic mortality experienced by isolated flocks.
- Women and youth empowerment workshops were held in four districts with a total attendance of over 1,900 persons, mostly women.
- Private/public partnerships are being explored to expand Kuroiler production and distribution in Uganda and neighboring countries.
Click HERE to download the proceedings of the 2011 Pan-African Conference held in Entebbe. In this conference, the results of a field trial that compared the performance of Kuroilers and indigenous backyard chickens were presented.
Anticipated benefits of Kuroiler distribution in Uganda.