He argues that chicken production promises considerable potential to improve the livelihoods of rapidly increasing populations of developing countries.
For many poor people in developing countries, chickens are the only type of livestock
they can afford to keep, which are relatively risk-free. Chickens can look after themselves, are an important source of high-quality protein, and provide additional income to resource poor farmers, especially women.
On 9 and 10 November 2011, the ILRI Board of Trustees hosted a 2-day ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ to discuss and reflect on livestock research for development. The event synthesized sector and ILRI learning and helped frame future livestock research for development directions.