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Report on Scientific Conference on Indigenous Livestock Resources

Report on Scientific Conference on Indigenous Livestock Resources. Makerere University is part of a team of Universities conducting Marker-Assisted Breeding in native chicken breeds. Photo credit: Research and Education Agency

The Marker-Assisted Breeding (MAB) Chicken team consists of Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM, Mozambique), in partnership with Gulu University (GU), Makerere University (MAK, Uganda), Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), and International Rural Poultry Centre (IRPC, Mozambique).  The team is currently working on the project named ‘Marker-Assisted Breeding of native chickens in Mozambique and Uganda’.

Specifically, the objectives of the project are to

  • i) develop native chickens with high body weight, high egg production, broodiness and survival under extensive system in Mozambique and Uganda and
  • ii) assess the effectiveness of different technology delivery models for scaling up native and crossbreed chickens in Mozambique and Uganda.

Native chickens contribute significantly to the well-being of rural farming communities in low-income countries and particularly so in poverty stricken regions of Mozambique and Uganda by providing protein and micronutrients. These are special as they are frequently the only livestock under the control of women. The majority of smallholder farmers raise native chickens for food and income as they do not require special management, require low investment, need limited pest control, provide manure and enhances poverty alleviation and food and nutrition security. However, compared with commercial chicken breeds, low productivity remains a key constraint due to the relatively small body size and low egg production of native chickens.

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