Exploring Village poultry development in Ethiopia: socio-technical analysis and learning with farmers- Get it on Amazon
Poultry farming is a major source of income for both large and small enterprises across the world. In several countries, chicken is a major source of protein. Even people who eat very little animal protein at dinner may consume eggs, which are far cheaper and supply folic acid and other nutrients.
Farmers in this sector find that it is relatively easy to raise hens and roosters. Once they have the space to build a coop, their other concerns are ensuring that the animals are well fed and kept free of disease. Infections spread rapidly among animals that are in relatively close contact with each other and an aspiring business woman can lose her whole investment if the chickens get sick.
Poultry production in
Ethiopia is usually undertaken by
people who cannot make a long term investment in the land they live on, since
they don’t own it. These farmers are often female. They may also lack the
resources to invest in more expensive cows, goats or pigs. The chickens are fed
and are also allowed to scavenge, or live under free range conditions.
Source: International Livestock Research Institute, “Reducing the Impact of Infectious Diseases on Village Poultry Production in