The proposed project will empower 500 female heads of households over a 12-month period with the knowledge and technical skills to utilize sustainable poultry production practices as a means to provide for their families. It will employ a full-time farm assistant and hatchery technician from the community. Cost projections show the year’s operation at a net expense of $9,997.14 or 34,990,000 UGX. Including the addition of immediate relatives to the 502 direct beneficiaries, the positive impact of this project will be an increased quality of life for a total of 3,012 Ugandans—2,008 women and 1,004 males.
For almost 20 years, Favor has provided food, water, medical care, trauma counseling, and education to support people and restore a country ravaged by war for nearly a quarter-century. Most people, especially in rural areas, do not have job opportunities that enable them to increase beyond subsistence farming. Agricultural empowerment projects provide the opportunity for a small amount of capital utilized by the women of a community to increase the value of their time and provide a small income beyond day-to-day surviving. Often they use this income to provide education for their children.
This poultry project funds the operations of two poultry demonstration centers and a distribution center to train and supply a poultry business for 500 rural families. The program will provide women with healthy, vaccinated chicks to support their livelihood and then also ensure the success of their individual future goals by providing the related education and on-site training necessary for a sustainable poultry business.
The first half of the program is training and application while the hatchery is being established, and chicks are being raised to laying maturity. Ladies qualified by their prior performance will continue to be assessed throughout this learning process. Instruction will extend beyond care of the maturing chicks to small-scale business schemes, goal setting, saving and budgeting, selection of good breeds, growing fodder and preparing feed from the raw byproducts of things they already grow within their communities, brooding and hatching, the vaccination process, aseptic technique, manure composting, sanitation, slaughter, marketing strategies and community networking.
Providing poultry would provide for them temporarily but this training will enable long-term sustenance. Successful students will receive their chicks in allotments of twenty chicks as long as enrolled. This system allows for development of expertise without overwhelming them and provides monthly assurance they are capable of continuing in the program through monthly evaluation of their livestock and status of their business.
Upon receipt of this award, the coordinator will hire from the community to fill the two vacancies, one will monitor the hatchery incubator and raise the chicks to laying maturity while the other will maintain the chicken house and yard. These employees will also assist the coordinator in training the beneficiaries of the program during the 5-month educational period and as appropriate thereafter. The solar energy system, egg incubator and tester will then be acquired and installed and the facility equipped with feeders and drinkers. Then the first batch of feed will be prepared, and 1000 healthy, day-old, Saaso, Kuroiler, and/or Rainbow chicks will be purchased with attention to market economy and availability. Birds will be vaccinated according to a veterinary-prescribed schedule appropriate to the industry.
The aim of this project is far more than helping the community by giving poultry to village women.
This endeavor will provide them the necessary tools and scaffolding to construct and sustain better lives for themselves and their families. Once supported with the practical skills and industry knowledge, the aspiring entrepreneurs will be partners in the enterprise. Presently, practically all commercial poultry in Uganda are produced in Kampala.
The Gulu Poultry Production Demonstration Project will remain focused on the empowerment of females and the strengthening of African families year after year with revolving enrollment open to women and girls from villages across the Northern Region of Uganda bringing higher-quality, affordable protein to the tables of their communities. The proposed project will also be a prototype for reproducing demonstrations across this country and then eventually South Sudan for an unending positive impact on East Africa.