Traditional (backyard) poultry production is of considerable importance for the economy of Cameroon, constituting 60% of the entire poultry production in the country. A major constraint to expansion and increased productivity is the frequent devastation of flocks by Newcastle disease (ND) reportedly up to 90% in some areas. In addition, the occurrence of other epidemic infectious diseases such as Avian Influenza (AI) may lead to the loss of almost the entire flock. The BMZ funded Green Innovation Centers in the Agricultural and Food Sector (ProCISA) are working in partnership with the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA) to improve the village backyard poultry value chain in the West, Northwest and Adamawa Region of Cameroon.
Milk production represents a high investment risk for small farmers in western Kenya. A Friesian cow costs around 1500-1800 Euros. Therefore, an expansion of technical know-how, management skills, business competence and the ability to grasp the complex processes and risk areas in dairy farming is necessary for the animal farmer.