KZNPI (KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute)

South Africa / Partnership, Training

Partnering with Global Poultry Professionals

WPF contracted with the KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute (KZNPI), a private poultry training facility, to provide poultry production training for up to 300 South African government extension agents, technical advisors and historically disadvantaged poultry farmers. The training started in early 2017 and will continue into 2019 in a series of one-week, on-site sessions. In addition, in a Poultry Advisory Workshop funded by WPF, KZNPI further enhanced the skills of 15 extension agents selected from the production course. The additional training gives the extension agents a toolbox of skills to improve their impact when visiting and advising producers and the ability to “train the trainers.” WPF has also provided a grant to KZNPI to improve its training infrastructure. The WPF-funded poultry training at KZNPI has enjoyed the support of the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the South African Department of Trade and Industry, USDA and the U.S. Department of State through its Fulbright Specialist Program. Dr. Mike Lacy of the University of Georgia was selected as the Fulbright Specialist to assist the WPF and KZNPI in developing training modules for the institute as well as universities in South Africa.