How Poultry Provides Solutions:
Poultry provides nutrition.
Ugandan children suffer from malnutrition at high rates – 23.8% of children are stunted and 24.1% are underweight. Nearly 6% of children suffer from marasmus, which is a form of severe protein energy malnutrition. Chickens provide an instant source of protein from eggs and meat, which can alleviate these problems. Additionally, chicken eggs provide a wealth of vitamins that are essential to good health, including: vitamins A, E, K, D, B2 and B12.
Poultry provides income.
Agriculture employs over 80% of the Ugandan workforce; however, developing a stable income through agriculture is often hurt by a lack of inexpensive (by U.S. standards) inputs. The Poultry Project provides the tools needed to get families started in poultry farming, which leads to a sustainable income for participants. In a recent evaluation of the Poultry Project, 74% of clients reported having increased income as a result of participating in the Poultry Project. The most widespread way that income was generated was by selling their eggs (87% of respondents), but 53% of participants also added income by selling their hens or chicks.
Poultry is sustainable.
Chickens are a renewable resource to program participants. Clients have not only used their initial grant to meet their immediate needs for nutrition and income, but they have been able to use it to accumulate more resources. A full 73% of participating families have increased their animal holdings as part of the program and nearly a third of participating families have used income from their poultry holdings to invest in education of their children.