October 22, 2011

SMALL-SCALE FAMILY POULTRY PRODUCTION: THE ROLE OF NETWORKS IN INFORMATION DISSEMINATION TO FAMILY POULTRY FARMERS

E.F. GUÈYE
Regional Animal Health Centre for Western and Central Africa, B.P. 1820, Bamako, Mali
Corresponding author: efgueye@refer.sn

Abstract
Family poultry (FP), which make up around 80% of poultry stocks in many developing countries of Africa and Asia, are still important. However, FP farmers are facing many constraints, including high mortality, mainly due to Newcastle disease and currently also to the highly pathogenic avian influenza in many countries since its occurrence in Asia in late 2003. Significant improvements in FP production systems can be achieved through well-designed and implemented information dissemination programmes that endow FP farmers with necessary knowledge and skills. The setting-up of poultry networks that enable FP farmers to acquire and share knowledge, views, experiences as well as research and development results in FP keeping in developing countries is discussed. Ways to improve the efficiency of information dissemination through poultry networks by taking into account the socio-cultural and economic environments of targeted FP farmers are also explored.

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