In Ethiopia, in recent months, project staff have been particularly busy with three activities: a) innovation platform (IP) work, b) enumerators’ training and c) procurement of the chicks, hatching and brooding.
The ACGG program aims to leverage existing research and to implement new and innovative approaches for improving smallholder chicken productivity in Africa.
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.
What exactly is an innovation platform and how will it help the African Chicken Genetic Gains project reach its goals?
Ed Rege, team leader on innovation platforms and director of PICO-Eastern Africa, introduces himself and his work with the program. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in Africa Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG).
The African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) program management team (PMT) meeting took place in Arusha, Tanzania, recently (27-28 January 2016). Key partners came to discuss program achievements and objectives for the coming year.
In February/March 2016, ACGG offers a second training course on ‘Fundamentals of data analysis and mixed linear models in animal breeding’.
The African Chicken Genetic Gains program recently hosted a one-week training course (28 September-2 October 2015) in Addis Ababa. Two teachers and two students were interviewed to give us impressions of the objectives of the course, their involvement in it and what could come out of it.