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Uganda: Chickens for Poverty Alleviation

More than 75% of rural families of eastern Uganda are involved in subsistence farming as a main source of livelihood. Protein supply is limited to plant sources especially beans and other vegetables. With an average family size of 8 persons per household, most families consume one unbalanced meal a day. Malnutrition and under nutrition are evident among children, lactating mothers and the elderly. Chickens and their eggs are vital source of nutrients in Uganda, with about 33 million birds produced annually. Out of these, the majority around 28.4 million are village flocks, with the remaining 4.6 million coming from commercial sources. The resource poor families in eastern Uganda need an intervention which will help the fight of poverty through provision of fast-growing and high egg-laying type of chickens by the name of Kuroilers. During the span of the three-year project, the project will distribute kuroiler type of chickens to 1,500 households all together. In addition, they will receive training on local chicken management, environment protection, sustainable agriculture, gender equity, family planning, HIV/AIDS awareness and diversification. The beneficiary families will pass on their first offspring of 10 hens and 1 male to other needy families, within the groups established to ensure continuity and sustainability.