Characterizing and improving village chicken production in Ethiopia

ILRI Clippings

This ILRI project report describes the characteristics of village chicken production and marketing, analyses its contributions to farmers’ livelihoods, and presents options for improving the traditional village breeding practices in Horro and Ada’a woredas in the central and western highlands of Ethiopia.

For the survey, a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) technique was used which includes focus group discussion, wealth-status analysis, willingness-to-pay analysis, trend analysis, gender analysis, key-informant interviews and field observations. Options for improved breeding practices were derived from a desk study.

Local chicken production in both woredas is predominantly based on scavenging, a low input–output production system. There is virtually no investment for housing, feeding and other husbandry practices in both woredas. A higher level of management is practiced by farmers rearing exotic chickens.

Analysis of gender roles in both woredas showed that both the husband and wife as well as the children play important, but different, roles and…

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