World Poultry Foundation



The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) is a self-sustaining instrument for improving lives globally through production and consumption of poultry, while empowering farmers in developing regions.



A Mission is Realized

The USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP) was created in 1997 from an opportunity to assist the fledgling Russian poultry industry. Funds from the U.S. government and poultry industry were leveraged to enter into a joint venture partnership with a Russian broiler production facility. Elinar Broiler was created out of this partnership.



With Growth Comes Evolution

The UIPDP was actively sponsoring and participating in educational “train-the-trainer” programs in Africa and Southeast Asia. They were heavily involved in disaster relief efforts in Haiti and Indonesia after devastating earthquakes.

After the sale of UIPDP’s shares back to Elinar in 2006, it was agreed that proceeds would be used for charitable purposes outside the United States, to assist other poultry industries around the world.



Foundation Named and Celebrated

In 2015, after a complete strategic review of the organization, UIPDP was re-named to the World Poultry Foundation and restructured to reelect a broader mission for its work, yet focusing on the economic development of emerging markets through direct involvement with local industries and farmers.



Thriving in Mission and Vision

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to help solve hunger and poverty issues through the production and consumption of poultry, while enabling farmers.

We work to promote economic development in distressed areas and emerging markets outside of the United States by helping to establish the production, availability, and ultimately consumption of a low cost, highly efficient and nutritious protein that poultry can provide. This will be accomplished by providing technical, educational, and any other assistance needed to foster the development of the local poultry and egg industries.

We seek to cooperate and partner with other like-mined foundations, organizations and governments by assisting them in projects that advance the charitable purposes of the Foundation.



Simply put, we are poultry people helping poultry people.
We Can Assist Poultry Producers, Because We Understand Their Needs
The World Poultry Foundation has the capabilities to improve poultry operations across the globe, because it is founded on the knowledge and participation of poultry professionals across various fields of research and expertise. We can provide a complete understanding of the poultry industry and look forward to it’s growth potential by tapping into years of experience.
We Understand the Importance of Global Access to Knowledge
We provide access to  experts in all disciplines involved in poultry production. While public perception of poultry operations lies predominately on the growing conditions, we know and provide access to experts with knowledge in governmental affairs, academic institutions and programs, manufacturing, processing, pharmaceuticals, equipment, management, nutrition, veterinary services and breeding practices.
Our Leadership Drives our Success
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which oversees the vision and mission of the organization in identifying and funding projects that advances its philanthropic purposes.

The World Poultry Foundation is led by CEO Randall Ennis, who has more than 30 years of experience in poultry production and management, including extensive international experience. The WPF also retains consultants around the world who assist in carrying out its mission and projects.


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Poultry Project South Africa - World Poultry Foundation

The Poultry Project in South Africa

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The African Poultry Multiplication Initiative (APMI) in Tanzania and Nigeria


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Training Programs for Hatchery Operations in Vietnam




MAY 2, 2018

The World Poultry Foundation and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations collaborate to improve hatchery production, biosecurity in Viet Nam

On July 10, 2018, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FOA) announced progress in its partnership with the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) focused on improving biosecurity practices of poultry farms and hatcheries located in Viet Nam.

MAY 2, 2018

Mark Hickman Recognized for Service to the Foundation

In April Eric Joiner, Chairman of the World Poultry Foundation Board of Directors, presented Mark Hickman with an award for distinguished service to the foundation.The Hickman family’s legacy and rich history in poultry has no doubt shaped Mark’s interest to serve and support the industry with his professional experience.“As the founder of Peco Foods, my grandfather, and later my father, taught me the poultry business from the ground up,” Hickman shared.

April 20, 2018

World Poultry Foundation Sponsors Training for Veterinarians in Ethiopia

Stone Mountain, Georgia. —In April of 2018, the World Poultry Foundation sponsored a two-day training workshop for field extension agents and veterinarians in Ethiopia.

Training and educational programs are an essential part of the foundation’s mission. Hands-on training opportunities facilitated by professionals at the top of their game enable the foundation to carry out its vision of supporting and educating growers and other poultry professionals across the globe.



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