Resilient poultry management for women in Kenya

June 03, 2016
Leigh Brownhill, Zipporah Bukania, Kimberly Bothi, Erick Mungube, Lutta Muhammad and Esther Njuguna

Research shows that indigenous chicken are a strategic component of building resilience in semi-arid Kenya. Kenyan and Canadian experts and a network of hundreds of farmer groups improved poultry management as part of research to adapt to climate change.

Fifty-four primary farmer groups (comprising 755 women and 498 men) are experimenting with 14 resilience-enhancing technologies, including poultry management. The goal: to diversify farming systems and transfer knowledge to more than 5,600 men and women farmers in 133 other secondary groups.

Farmers have also formed 18 marketing groups (716 men and 1,007 women) to negotiate better prices. For example, farmers obtained up to 75% more than the average price for bulk poultry purchases.

Read the story of change: Resilient poultry management for women in Kenya (PDF, 423 KB).

This document is one of nine in a Stories of Change series that shares some of the emerging gender outcomes from research supported in sub-Saharan Africa by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). Produced by WRENmedia in March 2014.