INCIP : Improving Indigenous Chicken Productivity for Enhanced Livelihood and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project identifier 20-INCIP
Project Status finished
Start date 2012-03-01
End date 2015-09-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade: Bio-economic strategies
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme AURG I
    Keyword Egg production; Rural households
    Location Kenya; Malawi
    Budget 1 041 859
    Main Funder African Union Commission (AURG 1)
    Co Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD)
    Coordinator Egerton University
  • University of Lilongwe
  • Wageningen University
  • Project Web Site
    Documents AURG projects phase 1 booklet


    Indigenous Chicken (Gallus domesticus) are raised by over 75% of resource-poor rural house-holds and are important for nutrition and income security, and play a vital gender role in terms of cash incomes and savings, food security, nutrition and socio-cultural activities in sub Saharan Africa. For instance, indigenous chicken (IC) accounts for 82% of the estimated 34 million chickens and contribute more than 35% and 55% of total egg and meat produced annually, respectively in Kenya and almost 75-80% of animal protein(excluding fish) in rural areas of Malawi. There is continuous increase in demand for IC products due to urbanization, increasing human population, decreasing agricultural land and consumer preference for IC meat. The popularity of IC among the resource poor rural households is attributed to their low cost of production, adaptability to harsh scavenging conditions and poor nutrition, and tolerance to parasite and diseases. Rural households in sub Saharan Africa have been characterized by low income, food insecurity and high levels of poverty and therefore engage in production enterprises that require low inputs. Indigenous chicken production therefore is a promising tool to improve their livelihoods.

    Approach of the Project
    • Project management through joint coordination, implementation and evaluation
    • Development and packaging of performance improvement and environmental friendly production technologies along the IC product value chain
    • Validation of IC technologies and Promotion of IC utilization along the IC product value chain
    • Promotion of partnership in service delivery and agribusiness development
    • Visibility and multiplication of the project’s activities and results