Poultry Sector

Livelihood sub sector (Poultry)

RLDP aims at transforming the livelihood sub sector from a conventional subsistence activity into commercial business, to provide employment and income for rural smallholder producers. After the results obtained in Bariadi district when the local scavenging model was applied, RLDP seeks to capitalise and scale up the approach. However, in this phase slight changes will be made to accommodate livelihood approach. The intervention will mostly target women without excluding possible participation of men. It will be undertaken into areas that RLDP is already intervening so as to complement other sub sectors interventions and increase economic opportunities for women.  Service provider will provide training on RLDP local scavenging chicken model to lead farmers and organise group formation at the villages. Capacitated women lead farmers shall be used to teach other women in the villages. Also the women groups are trained on Human and Institutional Development (HID) i.e. leadership development skills, enterprise skills. The whole livelihood (poultry) sector strategy can be downloaded here
From September 2007 to the end of 2008, RLDP implemented a pilot project in Bariadi district, Shinyanga region, which aimed at testing how to improve production and marketing of poultry. At the production level, trainings were offered to groups formed to improve housing, supplementary food supply, early chicks weaning, administration of vaccines and drugs, marketing of chicken and saving and lending to increase their capital revolving capacities. There have been traders’ workshops to improve their linkage with trained groups and even raise awareness of improved chicken production and methods of transportation. The project succeeded in increasing income of the producers and created additional income for women. Just in a year the project achieved a 600% increase in chicken production. After the results in Bariadi district the project was replicated to 135 villages in nine districts in the central corridor regions. About 7200 rural households where reached. This experience is carried over in fourth phase so that the experience can be shared to other areas of the central corridor.

Read the whole Poultry Sector Market Development Strategy here.