Investigating the potential impact of HPAI on livelihoods in Nigeria

Benjamin Okpukpara, Dorene Asare-Marfo, Ekin Birol, Devesh Roy
controlling avian flu and protecting people’s livelihoods in africa and indonesia
hpai research brief

Small-scale poultry production is an integral part of livelihoods in Nigeria, contributing to households’ income, food and nutrition security, and gender equality (Kushi et al. 1998; Houndonougbo 2005; Obi et al. 2008). Almost 60 percent of Nigeria’s 150 million poultry population is managed by household level poultry producers, in semi-commercial and non-commercial, small-scale, backyard, or village extensive production systems (Obi et al. 2008). The small-scale poultry production system is often defined as keeping up to 500 birds, managed mainly by family labor, and having minimal inputs and minimal to no biosecurity (Obi et al. 2008).