Poultry production in Ethiopia is about to come under the microscope as part of a joint initiative between a local agricultural research organization and its counterpart in Brazil.
The aim of the project is to develop a thorough understanding of how chickens are kept in the country and to produce a manual of good production practices based on local conditions and experience.
Ethiopia is the 14th most populous country in the world. However, according the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), it produced only 60,000 tons of poultry meat in 2012. Annual per capita poultry meat consumption stands at only 0.6 kg, while annual per capita egg consumption is 0.40 kg.
The project will see Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) track and record the activities of 360 families that produce poultry. The collected data will then be analyzed by the pig and poultry division of Brazilian research body Embrapa, which also will send researchers to visit selected farms.
Luizinho Caron, joint project leader, commented: “We are working together to improve Ethiopian poultry production, which is currently underdeveloped, and does not support food security.”