Chickens are a vital buffer against poverty in Lesotho’s rural areas, providing improved nutrition and income-generating opportunities through the sale of eggs, chicks and meat. Indigenous chickens are better suited to this role because they’re more disease resistant, do not require special/expensive feed and they’re better brooders than exotic breeds. Yet, exotic breeds have all but replaced the indigenous chicken, threatening its gene pool.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided RSDA with a US$33,000 grant (under its biodiversity focal area) to research ways to improve their performance and to make them more widely available through an indigenous chicken breeding program.
RSDA is proud to be among the first group (of four) GEF Small Grants Programme recipients in Lesotho.