Marker-Assisted Breeding of selected Native Chickens in Mozambique and Uganda

Project Overview:
Native chickens contribute significantly to the well-being of rural farming communities in low-income countries and particularly so in poverty-stricken regions of Mozambique and Uganda by providing protein and micronutrients. These are special as they are frequently the only livestock under the control of women. The majority of smallholder farmers raise native chickens for food and income as they do not require special management, require low investment, need limited pest control, provide manure. Local chickens have a ready market, and are easily consumed by rural populations in case of food shortages hence ensuring food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation in rural areas. The project development objective is to increase the quantity and quality of chicken products that will result in better income and nutrition for farmers in Mozambique and Uganda (Northern Uganda). This project will benefit Smallholder and medium scale chicken farmers particularly women and youth, chicken traders, chicken consumers, national government agencies, private sector agricultural service providers. The leading implementing entity: Eduardo Mondlane University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine based in Mozambique. Partners in Uganda: Makerere University, (Uganda), Gulu University and Makerere University (Uganda), Women of Uganda Network WOUGNET (Uganda) and International Rural Poultry Centre- Kyeema Foundation (Mozambique)

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