Smallholder poultry: Leveraging for sustainable food and nutrition security

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

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3 Scopus citations


Poultry production has been a feature of human society for thousands of years. To ensure that it continues to make positive and sustainable contributions to stable human society, it is essential that production and marketing are tailored to local conditions and associated value chains, maximise nutrient cycling and efficient utilisation of all products and maintain genetic diversity. Smallholder poultry production has an important role to play in feeding the world and, to maximise the benefits, it should be accompanied by improvements to local health services and holistic programs that highlight the links between poultry production, human health and nutrition and sustainable ecosystem services.

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
  • Biodiversity
  • Biosecurity
  • Extension and training
  • Family poultry
  • Food safety
  • Gender equity
  • Poultry genomics
  • Smallscale poultry
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Sustainable diets
  • Village poultry
  • Zoonoses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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