University of Georgia poultry expert Professor Michael Lacy arrived last week at Pietermaritzburg’s KZN Poultry Institute (www.kznpi.co.za) to assist with the training of 30 emerging poultry farmers. As a U.S. Fulbright Specialist, Lacy’s work at KZNPI kicks off a month-long visit to South Africa that will include visits to local farms, universities, and agricultural schools, with a focus on small- and medium-scale producers. The overall goal is to share knowledge and techniques that will help previously disadvantaged farmers increase productivity and profits.
“I admire and appreciate what KZN Poultry Institute is doing,” said Professor Lacy. “This not only promotes the poultry industry but also contributes to South Africa’s economy.” Lacy’s visit enjoys the generous support of the World Poultry Foundation (www.worldpoultryfoundation.org), a U.S.-based non-profit organization whose mission is to address hunger and poverty while enabling farmers. Three participants in the KZNPI training recently traveled to America under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cochran Fellows Program, which provides short-term training to agricultural professionals from middle income countries. As an innovative addition to the project, #PEPFAR partner AgriAIDS visited the UKZNPI trainees for an HIV awareness session.