Ethiopia encourages young poultry farmers to expand
269 women and young poultry farmers from Ethiopia are part of a program that is meant to develop their skills in how to increase productivity in a poultry farm. Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity (VCA) is working to strengthen the commercial relationships between pullet multiplication centers, growers, large layer producers, and small-scale farms through a pilot mentorship and peer learning initiative, according to Semonegna website.
The program links youth and women at the start-up stage to established commercial producers and pullet growers to share experiences, learn good husbandry practices, and understand the input market value chain. It also aims to improve access to information, input supplies, and resources by creating business partnerships between mentees and mentors.
The program is funded by the USDA and it links poultry farmers at the start-up stage to established commercial producers and pullet growers to share experiences, learn good husbandry practices, and understand the input market value chain. The mentors are established pullet growers and poultry farmers, considered successful in the business, who are well informed, networked, and willing to support others to join the business. To make sure pullet growers have regular access for improved day-old chickens, feed, veterinary services and training, VCA is working to formalize a relationship with four multiplication centers. This partnership will also promote scientific pullet growing and chicken rearing among youth and help them see the business potential of the sector.