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Advocate gender issues: A sustainable way to control Newcastle Disease in village chickens








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    Rural poultry production is recognised as an important activity in all developing countries. However, over the past few decades, the focus has been on the production of commercial poultry in rural areas, while traditional village poultry systems have been largely ignored. Chickens in traditional village poultry systems provide scarce animal protein in the form of meat and eggs, and are available for sale or barter in societies where cash is not abundant. They are generally owned and ma naged by women and children (Guèye 2000; Spradbrow 1993-94). Village chickens also fulfill a range of other functions for which it is difficult to assign a monetary value. They are active in pest control, provide manure, are required for special festivals and to meet social obligations, they are essential for many traditional ceremonies and traditional treatment of illness (Alders 1996). Although the output of traditional village chickens in terms of weight gain and number of eggs pe r hen per year is low, it is obtained with minimum input in terms of housing, disease control, management and supplementary feeding (Tables 1 and 2). Any cost-effective strategy that increases the productivity of these birds will assist in poverty alleviation and the improvement of food security. The increased availability of village chickens and eggs should result in an improved intake of protein by the population and increased access to cash and other resources. Chickens are often es sential elements of female-headed and poor households. This is a particularly important contribution in areas where child malnutrition is common. Malnutrition has wider implications for development because protein-energy malnutrition in children inhibits their growth, increases their risk of morbidity, affects their mental development, and reduces their subsequent school performance and labour productivity (Pinstrup-Andersen et al.1993).
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