World Poultry Foundation
 

CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications & Marketing
communications@worldpoultryfoundation.org

Poultry mentor wins “Champion for Social Entrepreneurs” university prize

As a mentor for the Future Farmers Foundation, Mzwandile Duma
empowers agricultural entrepreneurs by mentoring apprentices and expanding opportunities for others.

Mzwandile Duma, Future Farmers, World Poultry Foundation
Mzwandile Duma, Future Farmers Foundation mentor, accepts the “Champion for Social Entrepreneurs” award from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, November 2018.

 

Stone Mountain, Georgia. —  Mzwandile Duma mentors most of the World Poultry Foundation-supported apprentices in the Future Farmers Foundation apprenticeship program. While Duma’s strong background in agriculture is a key characteristic of his leadership, in his mentorship he focuses on developing apprentices’ soft skills and encourages the best performers by recommending them for WPF-funded internships in the US.

Duma mentors interns across the range of agricultural sectors, but he takes special pride in his poultry apprentices having the lowest dropout rate of any group of emerging farmers in the Future Farmers Foundation program.

“I am driven by the desire to see my mentees grow and strive to be better people,” he says of his impressive success rate.

Beyond the terms of his service contract, Duma also offers assistance to any intern who returns from overseas programs to secure a management-level farm position in South Africa.

Duma’s ties to the Future Farmers Foundation go back nearly a decade. Being one of its earliest participants, he interned for a full year in 2010 on a Florida dairy and beef farm. After an additional four years in the dairy industry, he realized his greatest passion was for changing young people’s lives for the better.

Duma manages his own small herd of beef cattle, but in 2014 he shifted his career focus, joining the African Conservation Trust for several years. During this time, he also picked up a qualification in project management, giving him the foundation to take the leap to entrepreneurship with his own training company.

2018 has been a significant year for Duma.

He was recently certified by the South African national government to develop and test the agricultural skills of youths on training programs, and, crowning all of his achievements, in November of 2018 he won a University of KwaZulu-Natal award for most promising rising entrepreneurial star. The award, “Champion for Social Entrepreneurs,” was the culmination of a 10-month development intervention by the University designed to prepare social entrepreneurs to scale their influence.

Tying a bow around all three of the World Poultry Foundation’s South African initiatives, Duma also recently assisted Annie Baptiste of Franchising Plus in conveying financial skills to emerging poultry farmers during a one-week course at the KZN Poultry Institute.

“The course was an eye-opener,” he said, “I don’t usually talk about finance to my mentees, but I know that many of them aspire to their own poultry operation one day and need these skills.”

Duma looks forward to checking how the participants are applying the training, and Annie is “looking forward to using Mzwandile as a mentor and facilitator in future.”

About the World Poultry Foundation (WPF). The World Poultry Foundation is a non-profit organization committed promoting economic development in emerging markets outside of the U.S. by providing education and technical training on poultry production. For more information, visit worldpoultryfoundation.org.

About Future Farmers Foundation. The mission of Future Farmers Foundation is to provide meaningful employment for Future Farmers and develop them in their full potential. The underlying fulfilment of our work is love and respect. Their goal is to qualify farm managers who are capable of running commercial operations and hopefully become farm owners in due course. For more information, visit http://www.futurefarmersfoundation.com.

 

 


The World Poultry Foundation launches first
financial workshop for poultry producers in South Africa

The five-day workshop, sponsored by WPF and financially supported by USDA,
was held in Mokopane, Limpopo Province from August 20-24, 2018.

CONTACT:
Richard Fritz
Managing Director
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

World Poultry Foundation Financial Workshop

Stone Mountain, Georgia. – With a goal of training 200 poultry producers in record-keeping and financial management, and teaching them how to create financial documents to apply for bank loans, the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) successfully hosted the first of a planned series of financial workshops, Aug. 20-24, 2018, for small and mid-sized disadvantaged South African poultry producers.

Management consulting firm Franchising Plus of Pretoria coordinated the recent workshop, with the support of NedBank, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Limpopo provincial agricultural staff. Officials from DAFF and the provincial government observed all financial presentations.

 

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

CONTACT:
Richard Fritz
Managing Director
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

Vu Van Anh World Poultry Foundation
Mr. Vu Van Anh at his new egg fumigation cabinet.

Stone Mountain, Georgia. — 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.

The two organizations, working closely with the Viet Nam Department of Livestock Production (DLP) recently conducted a workshop in the Hung Yen province. The goal of this workshop was to share best practices for hatchery and parent-flock production practices, promote biosecurity measures to protect operations from diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), and to document the management of farms, improvements made to infrastructure and promote best practices to growers as they are currently applied in pilot models.

 

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Mark Hickman Recognized for Service to the
World Poultry Foundation

CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

Stone Mountain, Georgia. — In April 2018 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.

 

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World Poultry Foundation Sponsors
Training for Veterinarians in Ethiopia

CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

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.

At the Ethiopian training workshop, sixty-four veterinarians met in Addis Ababa to receive intensive interactive training in the areas of poultry health and management. This workshop was facilitated by Scott Gillingham, DVM and Sainos Manzira, BVSc.

 

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World Poultry Foundation

Builds on Partnerships in South Africa

CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

Stone Mountain, Georgia. — The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) has signed a second agreement with the KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute (KZNPI) in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

This agreement renews initiatives to conduct training programs for small holder poultry growers and extension agents throughout the region. The agreement’s primary goal is to train one hundred and sixty individuals in the 2018 calendar year.

 

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World Poultry Foundation Completes Successful
Training in South Africa

Goal is to improve husbandry skills among small farmers, service providers

CONTACT:
Leah Cochran Mulcahy
USA Poultry & Egg Export Council
770.413.0006
lmulcahy@usapeec.org

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) has successfully completed its first two rounds of training to improve the production skills and farm management capabilities of small poultry and egg farmers in underserved rural South Africa.

Working with the KwaZulu Natal Poultry Institute (KZNPI), the WPF retained the services of Dr. Mike Lacy, a visiting Fulbright specialist and professor emeritus of poultry science at the University of Georgia. Lacy and Walter Gwala of KZNPI facilitated the weeklong training modules, which attracted small producers, provincial extension agents, and private extension providers.

 

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World Poultry Foundation Announces South Africa Grant

Partnership with Future Farmers to Focus on Poultry Husbandry Training in US

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Continuing with its mission to improve poultry and egg production in Sub-Saharan Africa, the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) has given a direct grant to the Future Farmers Foundation of South Africa (FFFSA) to train young current and future farmers in the U.S. on poultry husbandry.

Focusing on young South African men and women between the ages of 16 and 30 with a passion for poultry and egg production, FFFSA will use the grant for internships with U.S. poultry and egg companies.

 

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World Poultry Foundation Announces Rural Poultry Initiative in Tanzania and Nigeria

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) has received a four year $21.4 million dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance poultry production in Tanzania and Nigeria.

Working closely with government and in-country private sector partners, the WPF will lead a project that will catalyze a transformation of rural poultry production in these two countries. This initiative will increase poultry production and productivity through the access of low-input dual purpose birds, increase rural household income, improve household nutrition and empower women.

 

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World Poultry Foundation concludes Ghana Project

University Poultry Scientists Help Poultry Farmers Train Peers

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) recently concluded the second phase of a landmark multiyear project to improve poultry and egg production in Ghana by teaching a small group of producers to train other producers with a long-term goal of boosting the industry’s husbandry capabilities.

Funded by the WPF in partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers, this “train-the-trainer” program taught local poultry farmers how to produce chickens more efficiently, with particular emphasis on improving biosecurity to help prevent the spread of disease.

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World Poultry Foundation-Funded Hatchery Project Completed In Vietnam

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation launched its new website this week, as part of its rebranding initiative.

The rebranding initiative was implemented in 2015 as World Poultry Foundation (WPF) was re- named from the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP). WPF also hired Randall Ennis, former CEO of Aviagen, as its new CEO.

 

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World Poultry Foundation launches new website

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation launched its new website this week, as part of its rebranding initiative.

The rebranding initiative was implemented in 2015 as World Poultry Foundation (WPF) was re- named from the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP). WPF also hired Randall Ennis, former CEO of Aviagen, as its new CEO.

 

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World Poultry Foundation Taps Ennis As CEO

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Randall Ennis, former CEO of the Aviagen Group, has been named president of the World Poultry Foundation, previously known as the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP).

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