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Burkina Faso

Intervention in Low Guinea Fowl Productivity and Related Products Consumption in Burkina Faso

Principal investigator (PI) and lead institution

Dr. William S. Kisaalita, University of Georgia College of Engineering

Co-PI and collaborator institutions

Summary

About 90% of the population in Burkina Faso and Niger engage in subsistence (smallholder) farming, living in small villages and farming communities, without access to grid electricity. One consequence of this fragility is stunting of children, an encompassing measure of chronic undernutrition. Increase in animal-source foods consumption has been identified as a viable solution. Increasing the scale of poultry farming among the rural poor, coupled with education to incorporate eggs and poultry meat in household diets and especially for children and their mothers, can be a potent solution to the endemic stunting problem.     

Objectives

We have proposed to address the problem of low animal-source food consumption through expanded guinea fowl farming among smallholder households. We are combining three established practices of:

  • All year-round feeding of birds supplemented with fly larvae for increased productivity
  • Synchronized hatching of guinea fowl eggs by chicken (Rakai Chicken Model, tested in Uganda), to produce many keets at once, yielding lower cost keets, among other advantages
  • Low-cost evaporative cooling egg storage, while waiting for enough eggs to accumulate, for increased fertile egg viability.

Our two specific objectives are: 1) To produce fly larva and establish the optimum percentage of fly larva meal (protein) in guinea fowl diet growth and egg production; and 2) To establish the efficacy of integrating the three practices for year-round production of healthy keets.

Photo credit: W. Kisalita/UGA

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