The impact of controlling Newcastle Disease in Thyolo district, Malawi. A baseline study
Ende, D.C. van den
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Chickens play a crucial role in the livelihood of households in rural areas of developing countries. Chickens are an important source of protein for the villagers and can be sold or exchanged to supply basic needs. The main limiting factor for poultry production is Newcastle Disease (ND). The KYEEMA foundation is implementing a one year project to improve the quality of life of local villagers in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania by improving the availability of chicken through the vaccination against ND. This baseline study, done in the Thyolo district of Malawi, shows that ND is well recognized as a major constraint. Half of the population have vaccinated before. Vaccination seems to have a positive effect, but has been done inconsistently. A ND-control program with emphasis on sustainability could increase the number of chickens and thus provide food security and generate more income.