Rural Poultry Farming Development Project in the Cross-Border Strip of the Sub-Region

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:

  • Member States

  • FAO

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.


L’objectif global du projet est de contribuer à l’amélioration des performances de production et de productivité des volailles villageoises, ainsi que la commercialisation de leurs produits dans le but de contribuer à la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle et l’amélioration des revenus  des ménages vulnérables par la subvention de projets sur la base d’un appel à proposition de projet..

Les résultats visés sont :

  • L’accès aux services de proximité en production et santé animales est amélioré

  • La production et la productivité (viande & œufs) de l'aviculture villageoises des ménages ruraux pauvres sont améliorées durablement

  • Les producteurs de l’aviculture villageoise et autres acteurs de la filière sont formés et informés

Other Relevant Information: 

Le dossier d’appel à proposition de projets est quasi-finalisé. Cet appel à projets couvrira les régions de la bande transfrontalière de 6 pays : Burkina Faso, Ghana, Bénin, Niger, Nigeria et Togo. Financé à hauteur d’un million de dollar US  à travers le Programme communautaire de développement (PCD), il sera lancé en fonction de la disponibilité des ressources de la CEDEAO.

Member Countries

  • Togo
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Niger
  • Burkina Faso
  • Sectors

  • Rural Poultry Farming