William S. Kisaalita, University of Georgia College of Engineering
Co-PI and collaborator institutions
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.
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:
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
October 2020 research update KISAALITA VGM (Virtual General Meeting)
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This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.