This summer the Laos VEVEP team, in response to farmers’ requests, added a new livelihoods focus to the project in Laos. In addition to our regular support of Primary Animal Health Workers, we have now worked closely with 42 families in 3 villages to provide training in poultry management, and distributed chicks on a ‘give back to the project’ basis. The project supports mix-breeds and aims to allow farmers to grow healthier and more productive chickens, thus gaining income from increased sales, as well as increased access to chicken meat as and when needed.
Farmers have been keen to start good habits like vaccinating their chickens more regularly and ensuring good quality housing and feed. Through the ongoing support of the PAHWs we are developing a new project model to branch out to other villages next year.