World Poultry Foundation
 

WPF TRAINING EFFORTS ARE EMPOWERING FARMERS GLOBALLY.

As part of their mission to empower farmers globally, the World Poultry Foundation has undertaken poultry production training for small and disadvantaged growers. In 2019, WPF contracted with the Kwazulu Natal Poultry Institute (KZNPI) to undertake training for 300 farmers and extension agents (train-the-trainer program). We’ve created this report to showcase the impact on those training efforts.

 

TOTAL TRAINEES THROUGH 2019: 1,722

582Technical Trainees
 
243Financial Trainees
 
822Production Trainees
 
75Veterinary Trainees
 

Evaluating our efforts

 
 
As part of the WPF efforts, the board agreed to conduct a formal evaluation of the training using a third-party firm. The goal of this evaluation was to determine retention and on-farm practices being implemented approximately six months after training. Farmers and extension agents were interviewed with two different questionnaires utilized. Interviews were conducted in the local languages.
 
WHO WE REACH

Profile of Poultry Producers

  • Trainings were accessed by approximately 44% female, 56% male, whose average age was 41.
  • 16% of trainees were living below the World Bank Poverty Line: $3.20 USD/day
  • 75% of trainees reported their highest level of formal education at Grade 12 or below
  • The average household size of trainees was 5.5 people
  • Trainees reported 54% of household income contributed by poultry livelihood.

 
 
 

Profile of Extension Agents

  • On average, trainees were 47% female, 53% male, whose average age was 41.
  • 7% of trainees were living below the World Bank Poverty Line: $3.20 USD/day
  • 61% of trainees reported  their highest education as Bachelors degrees
  • The average household size of trainees was 4.9 people
  • Trainees reported 53% of household income contributed by poultry livelihood.

 
TRAINEE EXPERIENCE

Farmer Satisfaction and Journey

  • 75% of trainees had first-time access to this type of information due to WPF training sessions
  • 94% of trainees reported satisfaction with the relevancy of information, the facilitators and the delivery of content
  • 6% experienced challenges with training, including cost of equipment and/or transportation

 
 
 

Extension Agent Satisfaction and Journey

  • 54% of trainees had first-time access to this type of information due to WPF training sessions
  • 85% of trainees reported satisfaction with the relevancy of information, the facilitators and the delivery of content
  • 2% experienced challenges with training, including language barrier when translating content to poultry producers

 
IMPACT

Practical Impact on Poultry Producers

  • 80% of producers reported an increase in earnings because of KZNPI
  • 98% have increased confidence in knowledge and skill
  • 89% qualify life improved through the new knowledge to raise healthier poultry and manage their businesses
  • Over 65% experienced other positive changes due to this training in productivity and poultry performance.

 
 
 

Practical Impact on Extension Agents

  • 18% of producers reported an increase in earnings because of KZNPI
  • 97% have increased confidence in knowledge and skill
  • 94% reported that their job performance improved through increased knowledge
  • More than 50% experienced other positive changes due to this training and working with KZNPI in their increased ability to support more poultry producers and increase time for each visit.

 

Future Farmers of America

 

The WPF has sponsored a total of 18 Future Farmer interns, who have been trained in the U.S., and returned to South Africa or other locations.  Of these 18, WPF remains in regular contact with all but two. Eleven of our Future Farmers interns are working directly in the poultry sector, one is in the crop production sector and three are in the dairy sector.

 

Featured Stories

 
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Sicelo Gamede, Future Farmer Intern, WPF
 
Poultry intern Sicelo Gamede is the first in his family to graduate from university, first to travel overseas.  Also the oldest of his siblings, he knows these achievements have made him an influencer in his community.  He has some big ideas about how to exert that influence when he returns home.
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Sibongiseni Mabea, World Poultry Foundation, Future Farmers Intern
 
Sibongiseni Mabea began dreaming of gaining animal production training overseas after graduating from high school in South Africa in 2011, “I never gave up the dream.”
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Sethabile “Seh” Dlamini, Future Farmer Intern
 
Sethabile “Seh” Dlamini is gob smacked at the Arizona landscape.  “I did my research and had braced myself to spend a year in the desert,” said the first South African to intern on an Arizona poultry farm with World Poultry Foundation support. “But, wow, everywhere I look it’s amazing, so beautiful!”
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Mhlekhona Hlongwa brings an unusual background to his World Poultry Foundation funded internship in the US.
 
Mhlekhona Hlongwa brings an unusual background to his World Poultry Foundation-funded internship in the US.