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Kenya Poultry Partnership

Partnership for Safe Poultry in Kenya

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Winrock International’s Partnership for Safe Poultry in Kenya (PSPK) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is working with a number of poultry sector stakeholders – including the Ministry of Livestock Development, the private sector, and smallholder farmers – to strengthen the overall poultry sector and promote safe, indigenous poultry products.

The poultry sector is important to Kenya’s agriculture sector, with 76% of all Kenyan rural households engaged in some kind of poultry rearing. Despite strong opportunities for growth, the sector is susceptible to constraints such as a weak feed industry, lack of market access, and a high prevalence of poultry diseases. PSPK is helping smallholder farmers and the Government of Kenya to overcome these obstacles. The project works with local partners to develop market-based solutions through value-chain development, improved production practices, increased access to information and credit, and market linkages. Sixty-nine percent of the project’s target group are women.

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Chicken is a rich source of lean, high quality protein. It contains little fat if skinned and can help fat people lose weight fast. Just like eggs, chicken contains pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), which fights stress. In older people, chicken helps against bone loss. It is a rich source of niacin, a B-vitamin that protects the body against cancer.

A deficiency of niacin can be directly associated with genetic (DNA) damage. The trace of mineral selenium is found in good quantities in chicken and it boosts the immune system. It has large quantities of vitamin B6, which prevents damage in blood vessels.

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Poultry Sector Update

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Poultry production is an important income generating activity for Kenya’s rural smallholder families and contributes to the livelihoods of an estimated 21 million people. According to the recently released census the poultry population stands at 32 million of which 6 million are commercial hybrids and the rest are indigenous. Indigenous birds thus dominate as they make up approximately 81% of the total poultry population .The commercial birds consisting of hybrid broilers and layers are kept at the periphery of the main towns such as Nairobi, Thika, Nakuru and Mombasa due to ease of procuring inputs and ready market for the products.

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Improving Market Access for Small Scale Poultry Producers

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The Poultry sub sector is one of most important livestock enterprises particularly in the rural households where over 70% of the country’s population lives. It is an important source of food, income and employment and is therefore an important source of livelihood to over 80% of the rural people (a majority of whom are women). Despite its immense contribution and potential, the sub sector has continued to be constrained by various challenges such as low quality breeding stock, diseases, poor market access and infrastructure.

In view of the above, Winrock International under the Partnership of Safe Poultry Production in Kenya (PSPK) programme, organized a one day seminar aimed at addressing the issue of access to markets. The workshop was held in Nairobi and was attended by producers, traders and private service providers drawn from all over Kenya.

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