ECOWAS has a challenge of conveniently feeding a young, growing, highly urbanized ,population by optimizing the breeding potential of the region. As such, the communal institution adopted in 2009, an action plan for the development and the transformation of the Breeding sector in West Africa and whose activities are taken into consideration the regional program of agricultural investment.
The rural poultry farming is an alternative of animal production with a fast biological cycle, involving low investment and very wide-spread in ECOWAS. It represents a potential of important animal resources which must be exploited for its role and its capacity of reducing rural poverty, generating income for poor households, wealth creation for the state and food and nutritional security.
Poultry products represent a source of quickly available protein that is of high nutritional value. In this context, the development of family poultry farming, is perfectly in tune with the orientations and the secteurs of the regional agricultural policy - the ECOWAP / PDDAA adopted by the heads of state and of Governments of the ECOWAS in January, 2005.
ECOWAS Commission of hus developed a project document the development of the rural poultry.
ECOWAS intends to launch a call for proposal of projects at to a maximum of a total of $1 million.
Leonidas Hitimana chief Technical, FAO is coordinator for the project with the support of:
The duration of the project is 3 years beginning from 2014
The project is taking place in regions and departments in the cross-border strip made up of the territory the most northern part of Nigeria, Benin, Togo and of Ghana, the southwestern regions of Niger and provinces of the East in the Southwest of Burkina Faso.
It extends over a surface of 270057km ² and shelters a population of 19 126 205 inhabitants of whom majority are poor and live on small scale breeding. The climate is of the sahelo-sudanian to sudanian type of savannas with long-lasting grasses and clear forests, forests galleries along the main streams.