In July last year ACIAR's Dr Wendy Henderson had the privilege to travel to Tanzania to witness firsthand the amazing impact of an ACIAR-funded vaccine against Newcastle Disease in chickens.
|ACIAR's Dr Wendy Henderson in Tanzania|
For the past 25 years, ACIAR and AusAID have supported the development and delivery of a village-friendly vaccine that doesn’t need really strict refrigeration. For the poultry farmers, this has meant that instead of their chickens dying every year, vaccinated flocks are now not only surviving, but breeding, turning the people's lives around.
|A community worker vaccinates a villager's chicken|
|Mr Madai and his wife: |
Successful chicken farmers
One of the things that struck me most was the empowerment of the African women, who are usually the ones who own the chickens (often their only asset). They are now able to successfully rear their flocks, to make choices about their family’s food and education, and even to buy substantial assets like goats and cows from selling their chickens.
|Project Leader Associate Prof Robyn Alders|
This video with Associate Prof Robyn Alders AO of the University of Sydney summarises the African vaccination program, and showcases some of the personal success stories of Tanzanian villagers.
Villager’s stories and further information on current ACIAR poultry research in Africa are available on the ACIAR website.
(Written by Dr Wendy Henderson, ACIAR Communications)