Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are at the foundation of ACGG’s strategy to catalyze a sustainable platform for the identification, multiplication, and delivery of more productive, farmer-preferred chicken strains. But what are the expected benefits of such PPPs?
Guèye (2000) writes that 85% of rural households in sub-Saharan Africa keep chickens or other types of poultry. This is a huge proportion of these populations, but what is the value of smallholder chicken production, socially and economically?
The ACGG program aims to leverage existing research and to implement new and innovative approaches for improving smallholder chicken productivity in Africa.
Tesfahun Alemayehu, research associate and economist with the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) program in Ethiopia, gives an account of the recent on-farm training sessions that took place in the three countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania) where ACGG operates.
Solomon Abegaz of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and co-principal investigator of the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) program in Ethiopia, fills us in on the progress of ACGG activities in Ethiopia.
The African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) program’s training for on-station chicken performance testing has been completed in all three countries of operation -Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Maria Lozano-Jaramillo, a PhD student from Wageningen University, recently worked with the African Chicken Genetics Gains (ACGG) in Ethiopia for two months. In this post, she shares the highlights of her visit and work with the ACGG.
Simbarashe Sibanda, managing director of the Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU) initiative and ATONU project leader for the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) program, was one of the members of the ATONU team which visited poultry production sites in Axum and Debre Zeit, Ethiopia in December 2015. We spoke to Sibanda about ATONU’s contribution to ACGG going forward.
The Ethiopia Livestock Master Plan (LMP) was published in August 2015 with the objective of clearly outlining the path to development for the livestock sector in country. The main investment interventions outlined were better genetics, feed and health services, which, together will improve productivity and total production in the key livestock value chains including poultry. In this post we hope to give a brief outline of how the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) is contributing to the LMP’s objectives.
The development of the Horro breed in Ethiopia is a success story for the team that has been working on it since 2008. The breed will be used as a benchmark for improving other indigenous chicken genetic resources in the country.