The past (second) year has been an exciting year for the African Chicken Genetic Gains program, with added emphasis on gender, the partnership with the ATONU program on nutrition and expanding innovation platforms to community-level platforms.
A new ‘gender’ campaign—Where chickens and women rule—aims at raising the awareness of the public and of ACGG’s audiences about the stakes of gender in poultry development. It will be running from April to June and September to October.
The fourth meeting of the national innovation platform of ACGG in Nigeria was held in February 2017 in Port Harcourt. The meeting highlighted the need for a more permanent forum for smallholders working on poultry development and the potential use of a mobile phone application for feed formulation.
ACGG-Nigerian, in partnership with Bdellium Consult Ltd, organized a one-day training for selected field officers (FOs) from the five sub-national zones on 7 February 2017 to ensure that the ACGG chickens are vaccinated for Newcastle Disease.
The ACGG Nigeria team capped off its 2016 activities by participating in the maiden edition of Ife City Trade Expo held 19–24 December, 2016 at EastWind Arena, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The third African Chicken Genetic Gains program management team (PMT) meeting took place on 28-29 November 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria. It reviewed progress in each of the three program countries and the program’s various themes focusing on a few cross-cutting areas including collaboration, communication and gender.
Tadelle Dessie, program leader of the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) program was interviewed on 12 October 2016 by BBC Africa reporter Akwasi Sarpong about the challenges and opportunities of African poultry production.