Smallholder poultry: Contributions to food and nutrition security

Robyn Alders, Rosa Costa, Rodrigo A. Gallardo, Nick Sparks, Huaijun Zhou

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Domestic chickens are the most abundant livestock species present across the world irrespective of culture and religion. The long-term relationship between humans and poultry is a testimony to the role played by poultry in human society. Smallholder poultry are raised across different production systems from scavenging rural birds to intensively raised peri-urban birds to urban backyard birds. They play a special role in food and nutrition security where cultural preferences and nutrition are taken into account and this interaction constitutes the focus of this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128126882
ISBN (Print)9780128126875
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Backyard poultry
  • Family poultry
  • Nutrition-sensitive agriculture
  • Poultry production systems
  • Rural poultry
  • Village chickens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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