Knowledge and practices of Indonesian rural communities and poultry farmers toward avian flu

Understanding people’s knowledge, attitudes, practices, and perceptions (KAPP) about and toward risk is an important step in determining which cost-effective measure to adopt. It also is important in assessing poor people’s willingness to adopt cost-effective prevention and control measures for reducing the risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Although studies in several countries indicate some level of awareness about HPAI, practices and attitudes for preventing and controlling HPAI disease spread and outbreaks have not changed (Fielding et al. 2005, Maton et al. 2007, DiGiuseppe et al. 2008, Leslie et al. 2008). Furthermore, various study results have shown that poor communities and poultry farmers tend to perceive the risk of contracting HPAI to be very low. If they understood the potential effects of HPAI infection on their income, wealth, and food security and which prevention and control strategies would be most cost-effective, then they might be more willing to adopt such strategies.
The knowledge and perceptions about and toward HPAI of poor Indonesian households are investigated by asking the following questions: What do poor communities and poultry farmers perceive about the risk of HPAI infections to them and their poultry? What do they think are the factors or drivers of disease transmission? What are their practices for handling sick, infected, or dead birds?

Yakhshilikov, Yorbol
Tiongco, Marites
Narrod, Clare
Friedman, Jed
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
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