Country Implementation Partners (CIPs)

ATONU has embarked on the development of nutrition sensitive interventions to complement agricultural investments and help enhance nutrition outcomes in Tanzania and Ethiopia with the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Project. These projects will be used to integrate nutrition-sensitive interventions (NSIs) and generate evidence of the positive impact of agriculture on nutrition outcomes.

The immediate goal of this project is to increase access of poor smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to high-producing but agro-ecologically appropriate chicken genetics products. Interventions include testing multiple improved breeds of chickens from Africa and elsewhere to demonstrate high-production potential under low-input systems; strengthening public-private partnerships for enhanced availability of farmer-preferred genotypes to increase smallholder chicken productivity; selecting and empowering more than 7,500 smallholder farmers (at least 70% of whom will be women carefully chosen from multiple agro-ecological zones within the three target countries-Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria, to conduct on-farm and on-station chicken germplasm testing to measure and demonstrate productivity, preference, income growth, and household consumption increase; as well as promoting on-farm testing through developing and nurturing Innovation Platform at different levels (National, sub-national and community level) to facilitate private sector engagement and business model development focused on empowering poor smallholder farmers especially women in the chicken value chain to improve their livelihoods and engage women and other stakeholders to co-create solutions to their challenges and in deciding what genotypes and service delivery models work best for them.