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Poultry farming and marketing

Small-scale poultry rearing is common in Kitui, Kenya. But farmers face challenges such as disease, and a lack of access to feed and drugs. Small-scale poultry rearing is common in Kitui, Kenya. But farmers face challenges such as disease, and a lack of access to feed and drugs.

Farm Africa is working to establish poultry farming among smallholder farmers in Kitui county, eastern Kenya, who struggle to earn their living through subsistence farming.

Three-quarters of the population live below the poverty line and over the past few years drought has badly affected food production.

Small-scale poultry rearing is common, mainly by women and children, but they face challenges such as disease, and a lack of access to feed and drugs.

We are working with 1,200 farmers, 60% of whom are women, to start rearing poultry at a commercial level. The farmers will:

  • receive training in improved poultry rearing techniques
  • form a farmers’ association to establish strong and profitable market links
  • buy and sell collectively through their association.

The profits farmers generate will allow families to buy food, and pay for school and medical costs. Poultry products also provide an important source of protein and iron for families that don’t have enough food to eat.

Who are we helping?

We are working with 1,200 farmers in 60 groups. In each group, three community-based trainers will train 10 more farmers outside their group in poultry farming, bringing the benefits to 1,800 more households – a total of around 16,200 people.

This project is generously supported by the Big Lottery Fund. Big Lottery Fund logo

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