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The contribution of poultry to rural development

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2007

S. Mack*
Affiliation:
Senior Officer, Animal Production and Health Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy
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*Corresponding author: Simon.Mack@fao.org
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Abstract

The paper presents a global overview of the development of the poultry sector and of the role of small-scale, family-based poultry production in developing countries. Major initiatives undertaken to develop poultry as a tool for rural development and their rationale are presented. The constraints facing the future of small-scale poultry production are discussed, with a particular focus on poultry disease given the current outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Asia. Geographical ‘hotspots’ are identified where interventions are urgently required and where small-scale poultry has the potential to make a substantial impact. Finally, the paper stresses the need for more long-term and wider perspectives in the policies and strategies guiding the development of the poultry sector.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2005

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