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Ceva partnered with Sasso-Hen- drix Genetics to breed the chick- ens at the first avian selection centre in sub-Sa- haran Africa, Coq du Faso.


Poulet Bicyclette characteristics The local breed is favoured in Burkina Faso mainly for its taste. “The meat is darker and more flavoursome; the Burkina- bé loathe the taste of the standard ‘bland’ white broiler meat,” says Borne, adding that in terms of phenotype, “they have very long legs and so can run fast. Obviously, their perfor- mance in terms of productivity is not their best feature, but they are rustic and therefore more suited to the Burkinabé context and climatic conditions than other genetics.”


Enormous potential Overall, each Poulet du Faso generates US$ 2 across the differ- ent elements of the value chain, meaning that – since the start of production just two and a half years ago – the project


Burkina Faso project outline


In 2015, Ceva received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to roll out three targeted development projects corresponding to Ceva’s area of exper- tise and the Foundation’s strategy to make smallholder livestock more produc- tive, improve nutrition and empower women farmers. These projects include in- itiatives to boost health and production in the poultry and dairy sectors in Burkina Faso and Bangladesh over three years. Working alongside poultry selec- tion company SASSO, a farmers’ association and a Burkinabe hatchery, Ceva is working to promote healthier and more profitable chickens. An African farmer with up to 20 productive hens could earn up to US$ 1000 a year relative to the extreme poverty line in West Africa of about US$ 700 a year. This means provid- ing sustainable food sources for Burkina Faso and local farmers with an improved livelilhood.


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An African farmer with up to 20 pro- ductive hens could earn up to US$ 1000 a year relative to the ex- treme poverty line in West Africa of about US$ 700 a year.


has generated approximately US$ 3 million in income, 70% of which has directly benefited smallholder farmers. “The cur- rent yearly Poulet du Faso production in Burkina is around 1.3 million day-old chicks, which is far below the huge de- mand for this product. There is enormous potential for scaling up this system to improve rural livelihoods and contribute to greater food security in Burkina Faso,” says Borne. The project partnered with a local private hatchery to pro- duce the crossbreed day-old chicks, starting with the main partner based in the south of Ouagadougou. Production has been extended to another private hatchery located in Bobo-Dioulasso (in the south-west) and, due to demand from local farmers, production will soon start at a third private hatchery.


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