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.