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Feed the Future Tworore Inkoko, Twunguke

 

 Project Introduction

 
 

OVERVIEW

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) is facilitating a partnership involving Zamura Feeds, Ltd. in Rwanda with support from USAID/Rwanda and the African Sustainable Agricultrue Project (ASAP) Foundation to provide expertise, training, and resources for broiler chicken production. With the ultimate outcome being improvements in both household income and nutrition for project participants, the project seeks to improve the livelihood of farmers living in the Musanze District of Rwanda.

Through Feed the Future Tworore Inkoko, Twunguke (or Let's Raise Chickens, and Make a Profit in Kinyarwanda), 750 men and women will have the training and a support package to successfully produce broiler chickens. At the end of each grow-out cycle, farmers will have a guaranteed market to sell their birds, as well as the option to consume some of their chickens, adding protein to the household diet.
 
This is a three year project, having begun in January 2017. The project is beginning with a pilot group of 30 farmers (July 2017) to fine-tune farmer selection, farmer training, and technical capacity. From there, cohorts of 24 farmers will be invited, trained, and entered into the program. By 2020, this scalable model will provide the training capacity and financial independence for sustainable continuation.


WHY CHICKENS?

Broiler chicken
From a nutrition standpoint, chicken meat is a source of complete protein and other essential macro and micronutrients. Broiler chickens are relatively efficient at converting feed to meat, with a feed conversion ratio of almost 2:1 when using high quality feed now available in Rwanda.
 
Broilers fed and cared for properly are market-ready in seven to eight weeks, providing each participant a harvest opportunity roughly every 10 weeks, allowing time for necessary biosecurity measures.

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MEET THE UTIA TEAM

Tom Gill 

Dave Ader
Eric Bisangwa
Amanda Kaeser
Susan Schexnayder
Brynn Voy
Patsy Watkins
Emily Urban 

MEET OUR PARTNERS

African Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) Foundation

 Donnie Smith
Dave Juenger

Zamura Feeds, Ltd. (See other Zamura staff here.)
Matthew Karugarama
Ritah Nshuti

Hadley Rose Consulting
Hadley Rose

HIGHLIGHTS


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PROJECT SUMMARY
 
See the Feed the Future summary of the Tworo Inkoko, Twunguke Project here.
 
Rwandan children 

 

 

PROJECT PARTNERS

Zamura Feeds, Ltd
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Rwanda Feed the Future programs and outcomes

US Agency for International Development/Rwanda

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