Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 1, Issue 2,2003
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Poverty alleviation, food security and the well-being of the human population trough family poultry in low-income food-deficit countries


E. F. Guèye

Recieved Date: 2002-12-25, Accepted Date: 2003-04-23


Family poultry (FP), which are still very important in low-income food-deficit countries (LIFDCs), have been kept by local communities for many generations. These birds usually make up more than 80% of the national poultry flock in many LIFDCs. Although requiring low levels of inputs, FP are a valuable asset to local populations, especially in underprivileged groups and less favoured areas. FP represent an appropriate system to provide additional income to the generally resource- poor small farmers, especially women, to supply the fast-growing human population with high quality protein, hence their significant contribution to poverty alleviation, food security and the overall well-being of household?s members. Nevertheless, there is a strong need for governments, non-governmental organizations, international agencies and donors to design, implement, monitor and evaluate FP development programmes by taking socio-cultural issues into account.


Family poultry, family well-being, food security, poverty alleviation

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2003
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 12-21

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