World Poultry Foundation

WPF and KZNPI Officially Open New Facilities


The KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute recently hosted its year-end function and officially opened the new facilities generously sponsored by the World Poultry Foundation (WPF). The institute, which is located in the Bisley Valley Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, has been in existence for 28 years and has a solid reputation for poultry training excellence. In particular the training farm on the institute’s premises offers unparalleled opportunities for hands-on practical teaching in poultry flock management.

Members and visitors were invited to walk around the grounds to view the new buildings donated by WPF. During an unexpected but very welcome rain shower, long-standing KZNPI president Mr Seo Mtetwa did the honours by cutting the ribbon to the new biosecurity shower block. This building offers eight modern showers which are a big improvement on the existing biosecurity shower block. Biosecurity is a crucial part of poultry farming and all staff and trainees at KZNPI must undertake biosecurity procedures which include showering and the use of protective clothing.The new showers will increase the time available for practical on-farm learning as groups of delegates can now be kitted out and ready for farm learning in a quarter of the time previously needed.The new gas geysers will ensure that the hot water never runs out – this is especially important in cold winter months!

After the opening ceremonies, Honorary and current KZNPI members, board members, staff and invited guests sat down to an excellent spit roast luncheon during which Dr Ed Wethli, the first Training Principal of the KZNPI gave an interesting talk on the early years of the KZNPI.Founding members, Prof. Rob Gous, Dr Roger Horner and Mr Bryan Edmondson, were present at the event as was Mrs Julie Kent (nee Nixon), the Administration Manager during the institute’s infancy.

WPF funding was also used to build a separate feed store, egg cold room and to extend the existing hatchery. This will allow much-needed additional space for hatchery training courses. On hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting were Andrew Smith, COO of Meadow Feeds, Pietermaritzburg and Michel Bradford, Product Manager of De Heus Animal Feeds. These two companies have generously sponsored the institute’s broiler, breeder and layer feed for a number of years. The KZNPI is extremely grateful for this support – and for the generous assistance that other companies offer.

The WPF have funded poultry production training for 300 South African farmers and extension advisors over a three year period from 2017 to 2019.An independent, post-training survey commissioned by WPF highlighted the value of knowledge in chicken farming : 

  • 80% of the poultry producer beneficiaries reported that their earnings improved after the training;
  • 89% reported that their quality of life had improved as they were growing healthier poultry
  • 97% of extension advisors reported increased confidence in their knowledge and skill when advising their poultry farmers.

With the advent of the national South African Poultry Master Plan the poultry sector is poised for growth. The KZNPI is well-placed to play its part in up-skilling the industry.





SA poultry farmers upskilled in farm, financial management


Over 240 small and disadvantaged South African poultry farmers have learned new business and farm and financial management skills in a series of workshops as part of a World Poultry Foundation (WPF) programme supported with grants by United States government.

The programme saw stakeholders partnering with Pretoria-based Franchising Plus to implement training designed to improve production and management models among emerging poultry farmers.

Eight workshops on financial management and sustainable farming methods were undertaken around South Africa, with support from US Department of Agriculture (USDA), a South African financial institution, and the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), with the support of the KwaZulu Natal Poultry Institute (KZNPI) and the Future Farmers Foundation of South Africa.



World-class training for SA small-scale poultry farmers


Hundreds of small-scale broiler and layer hen farmers across South Africa are benefitting from training provided through collaboration between international and national organisations and experts.

The training, which forms part of a World Poultry Foundation (WPF) programme supported by grants from the US government, has been upskilling the farmers in the critical aspects of new business, farm and financial management.

Award-winning South African poultry mentor, Mzwandile Duma, has been tasked by local training programme facilitator, Franchising Plus, to share his knowledge with close to 100 small-scale poultry farmers in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State as part of the WPF’s nationwide initiative.




SA Poultry Farmers upskilled
in farm and financial management workshops


At least 243 small and disadvantaged poultry farmers and extension agents across South Africa have improved their farm management practices after undergoing courses as part of a World Poultry Foundation (WPF) programme supported with grants by United States government.

The programme, in line with a US commitment to uplifting early-stage and small-scale poultry farmers in South Africa, saw stakeholders partnering with Pretoria-based Franchising Plus to implement training designed to improve production and management models among emerging poultry farmers.





Improvement of biosecurity practices of poultry farms and hatcheries in Viet Nam


FAO Viet Nam World Poultry FoundationBiosecurity in poultry hatcheries plays a crucial role in protecting flocks from deadly diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and mitigating risk of disease transmission from birds to human. However, owners of small and medium hatchery and parent flock farms in Viet Nam do not commonly practice appropriate biosecurity standards and hygiene practices due to their limited understanding of disease risk, farm management, and low financial capacity to improve their farm infrastructures. (continued in full release)





Randall Ennis, CEO of the World Foundation, gives the commencement address for the 2018 graduating class at Auburn University.


Randall Ennis, Auburn University Class of 1983
Randall Ennis, Auburn University Class of 1983

Randall Ennis, 1983 Auburn graduate and CEO of World Poultry Foundation, gave the commencement address to the 2018 graduating classes in Agriculture, Education, Forestry and Wildlife, and for  the Harbert School of Business. President Leath introduced Mr. Ennis as a true Auburn man who embodies The Auburn Creed .

“Other than your wedding day and the birth of your kids (and maybe winning the lottery), this is one of the most memorable and important days of your lives,” Ennis told the graduates.

Ennis said he has made many mistakes in his life, but one thing he knows he will never regret is the day he set foot on the campus in 1979. He said his time on The Plains taught him many lessons and gave him the sound fundamentals to go on and have a successful business career.

“When faced with obstacles and you get frustrated, just be patient,” Ennis said. “Allow yourself the time to make sound, rational decisions.”

Ennis told the graduates that in addition to having patience, they must have confidence. He congratulated the class for achieving a milestone that only three out of 10 Americans has done. They received their college degree.

Ennis challenged that feeding the world will be one of the top issues this graduating class will face. “It isn’t just the responsibility of the agricultural community to solve these problems but will take the contributions from other disciplines as well. Contributions from the business and technology communities will be crucial through innovations such as Block chain technology.

Your generation sometimes gets a hard rap in the media, but I firmly believe that it is your generation who will change the world. The decisions you make, and the values that you determine, will set the course for generations to come”.

Ennis ended his address with this challenge, “To be the best you can be and a successful leader, don’t just simply follow the path of those before you, but make your own path for those behind you”.



Poultry science alum to give
Auburn commencement address May 6


By Laura Cauthen, Auburn University College of Agriculture


Randall Ennis, Auburn University Class of 1983, CEO World Poultry FoundationRandall Ennis, a 1983 Auburn University poultry science graduate who serves as CEO of the World Poultry Foundation, will deliver the keynote address during Auburn’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies set for Sunday, May 6, in the Auburn Arena.

He will speak at both the 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ceremonies. The earlier ceremony will be for the College of Agriculture, the College of Education and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, with the later ceremony for the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

Ennis spent more than 30 years in the poultry industry before accepting the World Poultry Foundation position in 2015. The nonprofit foundation, headquartered in Atlanta, has a mission to solve hunger and poverty issues through the production and consumption of poultry, while empowering farmers.


US Foundation Works to End
African Poverty with Chickens


The World Poultry Foundation has a $21.4 million grant from the Gates Foundation
and a passion to improve lives in rural Africa with poultry.


By Gary Thornton, WATT Poultry USA Magazine


Can the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) take a $21.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and, in four years, improve incomes and nutrition for millions of smallholder chicken farmers in rural Africa?

That’s the challenge for the team leading the World Poultry Foundation, which is working in rural Nigeria and Tanzania to empower smallholder farmers — especially women — to earn higher incomes and improve the nutrition of their families through poultrygrowing enterprises.




World Poultry Foundation Launches New Website




The World Poultry Foundation launched its new website recently as part of its rebranding initiative.

Rebranding was implemented in 2015, when the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) was renamed from the unwieldy USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP). WPF also hired Randall Ennis, former CEO of Aviagen, as its new CEO.

The organization began its rebranding effort in 2015, acting on recommendations from a strategic planning retreat for its board of directors. In addition to the name change and hire of CEO, the WPF adopted a new logo.




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World Poultry Foundation Names Its New CEO




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).