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Why chicken research for development?

For the November 2011 ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ event at ILRI, Tadelle Dessie prepared an issue brief on the importance of research on poultry …

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.

Download Issue Brief 6.

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.

The liveSTOCK Exchange also marked the leadership and contributions of Dr. Carlos Seré as ILRI Director General. See all posts in this series / Sign up for email alerts

One thought on “Why chicken research for development?

  1. I concur with Tadelle Dessie’s arguments. I am planning a community based poultry project for the Machakos peri-urban area, but many challenges get on the way. One of them is vaccination. It appears that the traditional vaccine programs available are for commercial layers and broilers. Thus I am unable to conclusively assure myself that what I plan for the community will work, since numerous diseases such as NCD devastate chicken in the area annually.

    I kindly request that you link me up with Tadelle so that I can follow up on this subject. [I am a Veterinarian in Private Veterinary Public Health Practice. my email address is

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