The key objectives are to:

  1. Identify and prioritise infectious diseases of Ethiopian village poultry that impact on production and productivity and hence livelihood;
  2.  Define the prevalence and distribution of genetic markers of resistance within and between well-defined local Ethiopian poultry ecotypes and between local ecotypes and commercial lines;
  3. Assess the social and economic factors underpinning Ethiopian village poultry production, particularly the impact of infectious diseases and identification of impediments to development of acceptable disease control programmes (including selective breeding);
  4. Develop strategies for enhancing genetic resistance against the priority poultry diseases for incorporation into programmes for improved poultry production and productivity whilst recognising social, cultural and economic factors;
  5. Develop capacity and inform policy for control of priority avian diseases in East Africa

    Poultry play an important role in the livelihoods of many rural communities in Ethiopia

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