YAP proposal #333: Livelihood through Backyard Poultry Farming (Dr Shalini Vaswani, India)

 

photoI am Dr Shalini Vaswani, 35, working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Science, Mathura, India.

I personally feel that the worth of my research or my knowledge in real sense is when it is utilized for socioeconomic upliftment of resource-poor landless farmers, especially women, apart from compiling it as research articles for contributing to scientific world.

Though this also is part of my professional duties, but the women inside me is in search of break from where I can live my dream… From this platform, I think I can plan my ideas for execution.

The target of my innovation is to provide sustainability and livelihood to weaker sections of society by providing the subsidiary income and supplemental nutrition to addresses the issues of poverty and malnutrition, especially for women and children.

Based on my experience in veterinary and animal husbandry, I want to promote backyard poultry farming for the people below poverty line (BPL) adjoining my university areas, to mainly enable them to gain extra income and nutritional support for livelihood.

Backyard poultry, a tool for economic empowerment, serves as an inexpensive and reasonable source to get highly nutritious food. This form of production is characterized by low-cost initial inputs, with birds allowed free movement in scavenge mode for backyard rearing.

The birds can be kept with minimal biosecurity and products can be consumed locally or within the household. As the eggs and meat produced from backyard poultry farming nearly organic, fetches high price and are of high demand among the consumers.

No elaborate housing is required for keeping birds, only night shelters are needed that can be constructed with low-cost materials like bamboo, wooden planks, nets, etc.—easily available at a reasonably low cost.

It is a way to boost up in family income by utilizing the services of women in addition to their household responsibilities.

It is an activity that the women can undertake without having to leave the household and do not have to allocate any extra time to manage the flock and can generates quick and frequent returns.

The technical steps for execution are as follows:

  1. Identification of Beneficiaries, most of which are from BPL families.
  2. They will be provided with backyard varieties of vaccinated chicks of three weeks age.
  3. Before this age the chicks will be kept in the mother unit of the university farm under proper managemental conditions.
  4. The chicks allotted to a family will be given in three (20, 15 and 10) instalments, and at an interval of six months in order to acquaint them with handling and management of chicks.
  5. They will be provided with one-time assistance (say Rs 1,000/family) to build the night shelter for birds.
  6. Necessary technical assistance for rearing the flocks will be given to them regularly by university and State Veterinary department.
  7. The products—egg, additional males, and spent hens—will be sold by beneficiaries in local market or can be consumed by them.

The University has a well-established poultry farm with parent stock and hatchery. The chicks being hatched are exclusively sold to marginal farmers at subsidized rates.

The impact of the project can be evaluated by assessing the socioeconomic status and malnutrition markers of the beneficiaries adopted before and after the project.

An appropriate beneficiary people appraisal report pro forma will be designed before the commencement of project. The duration of project will be 1.5–2 years. The budgetary grant of USD 5,000 will be utilized under following headings:

  • Procurement of chicks to be distributed
  • Maintaining chicks for the period of 3 weeks i.e. age of distribution
  • Providing cost for building night shelter for keeping birds
  • Training, Technical assistance, visit, surveys and other miscellaneous expenditure

I am hopeful that the project will provide an avenue for resource-poor farmers to increase production, improve their livelihoods, reduce malnutrition and thereby, contribute to the goal of overall poverty alleviation.

It will enhance food security at household levels and improve nutritional status in the form of availability of valuable animal protein and can also play an important role in women empowerment.

 

Blogpost and picture submitted by Dr Shalini Vaswani (India): mailto:shalini_vet[at]yahoo.com

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365 thoughts on “YAP proposal #333: Livelihood through Backyard Poultry Farming (Dr Shalini Vaswani, India)

  1. More than 70% of the Indian population is agricultural based and have preference for traditional backyard poultry production that is mainly managed by rural women. This system will ensure food security to the malnourished and underprivileged rural population. Hence, proposal is apt and worth considering.

    1. Thank you sir…
      As we know that nearly 30% of egg production is from backyard…it shows the strength n potential of backyard birds…..n can provide subsidiary income and supplemental nutrition

  2. Indian diets are deficit in protein especially the socio – economic poor people. Thus this project will help to take care of the protein deficiency too some extent. More over the eggs produced in the backyard will be free from antibiotics thus will take of the consumers for antibiotic resistance. Keeping in view protein deficiency, anti biotic resistance and uplifting of economic status of the, this project is the most important and need of the day

  3. Ideas and planning for upliftment of poor and rural section of indian society is remarkable and appreciable. If the project will be executed the over all development will take place. Hope your proposal will empower women and poor section of indian society.

  4. A practical thought.If worked on with sincearty will be a boon to those who are in real need of help. The project will develop sustanability and confidence among this section of society especially women.

  5. It is a very good proposal for uplifing the economy of rural people particularly the rural women.

  6. The initiative taken by Dr Shalini is really exemplary. My good wishes with her for her toiling effort on scio economic development of the last person of society.

  7. Looks like a well researched proposal and definately worth implementing the innovative idea on field as it surely would help boosting the quality of life of marginal farmers and poor rural folk. Along with monetary support it would also help in taking care of the nutritional needs of the poor rural fold… Kudos and all d best

  8. It is very nice initiative, hope it will be very helpful for ensuring food security as well as socioeconomic upliftment of of rural women of our country.

  9. Really it is awesome project especially to the poverty stricken masses of rural area while majority of the rural masses rushed so for the livelihoods towards city.I hope this project would be helpful to provide quality nutrition as well as earnings to those marginalized community of rural area especially to the women masses because poultry farming in courtyard needs less technical know how and infrastructure. That is why this is unique project in total.

    1. Thanks Dr. Rai for your support and vision on the idea…. its true that the rural masses are so much in grip of poverty that any innovation that includes high input at initial stages of execution is liable for its rejection….

  10. Poultry is a low cost investment which has multiple benefits. Easy to maintain and there is no additional skills required to have flock of birds…I would think it’s apt in current scenario. Helpful fr poor women nd source of livelihood if supported. All the best.

  11. This project will provide food security to malnourished children and poor people of of villages . It will also empower rural women that is the need of present time. Therefore this project should be apted by the funding agency.

  12. worth giving a thought.sustainable agricultural development is needed to feed this heavyweight country.the masses needs some realistic solutions. even d fractions of improvement will create a huge benefit n boost our most primitive occupation.

  13. Developing countries like ours must ensure that these kinds of projects are promoted as it undertakes self reliability of women, moreover the problem of malnutrition would be resolved through such projects. Appreciable efforts. Proposal needs to be considered.

  14. I admire Shalini vaswani blog and fully support her views. Hers are the most innovative views on the subject. I wish her all success in her life. God may help her so that she is capable of helping humanity with such blogs in future too..

  15. This is good idea for poverty alleviation programme in developing nations such type of work to be supported

  16. I admire Shalini vaswani blog and fully support her views. Hers are the most innovative views on the subject. I wish her all the success in life. May God help her so that she is capable of helping humanity with such useful blogs in future too.

  17. I admire Shalini vaswani blog and fully support her views on the subject. Hers are the most innovative views on the subject. I wish her all success in life. May God help her so that she is capable of helping humanity with her useful blogs in future too.

  18. Dr Shalini has a very good purposal. This will be able to improve the quality of life of the poor people. This will give them nutritional and financial support.

  19. The justification of your profession relay in hard work for social cause. The idea behind the project seems to be oriented for upliftment of weaker section especially women. If through hard work the concept is made practical can change the life of poor. They will gain confidence and will try to be self dependent. All together it’s an concept with minimal input and a better output that can have a great impact on this unattended weaker section of society that actually needs attention.

    1. Amazing. Ideas and planning for upliftment of poor and rural section of Indian society is remarkable and appreciable.

  20. This project can provide protein and nutritional security to down trodden people in addition to increase in their income. It will be appropriate if you distribute native chicken breeds such ad Aseel, karaknath etc. These are not only diseases resistant but also good yielder. Further they have an edge in the market for their meat quality which will help in better returns to the farmers.
    Best wishes
    Manish

    1. Thank you sir….
      In my proposal, i will be distributing the poultry varieties that are specifically recommended for backyard poultry farming. Project Directorate on Poultry (PDP) has developed the varieties that are suitable for rural areas for backyard farming i.e Gramapriya, Vanaraja, Giriraja and Girirani etc. They have certain advantages of having high immune competence, grow faster, produce more than desi breeds and can efficiently utilize waste (kitchen waste, fallen grain, green grass etc) and convert it to eggs and meat for human consumption.

  21. Ideas and planning for upliftment of poor and rural section of Indian society is remarkable and appreciable. Amazing.

  22. Indian chicken poultries at back yard is a old concept. In many rural areas it was in practice. But due to high risk factor now it is not a field of interest.
    It is good to see a project is formulated to rejuvenate this practice. No doubt it will a milestone effort.

  23. Good project for women empowerment and improving nutritional levels of people living below poverty line.This project will also give an idea to these people that how they can improve their lives by diversifying their source of income with minimal efforts.Best of luck Dr Shalini for your wonderful project.

  24. Dr. Shalini is doing wonderful ,ultimate job in favour of poor people in India. U have both dare and desire for this intiative . We are with u in campaign .

  25. Its an exiting thought.go ahead definately it will benifit poor who r in real need.if initiated on pilot basis can open up new oppertunities to overcome food security

  26. The best part of innovation is that it will address the protein deficiency prevailing within the majority of poor rural women and children,which is need of hour.On the other hand the products obtained are free from antibiotics and are organic in nature. All the best doc

  27. Nice concept. Can be executed and will definately help in upliftment of women income and hence household income.

  28. An admirable initiative- Dr. Shalini.
    This project is innovative. It will be very effective for the upliftment of the rural women of India.
    It should be supported and financed by the Funding Agency as early as possible.
    God bless u. All the Best.

  29. Good thinking by Indian women to uplift of people from below poverty line especially women and children.

  30. This submission directly target the Rural weaker section especially women for betterment his livelyhood. Themes are appropriate as per Indian scenario which can be handle to upliftment of Rural poverty.

  31. Very good project. Intendede for wellfare of poor section of society especially women. Go ahead at idea will benifit the adjoining area on pilot basis.later the area of work can be increased to include as benificries

  32. The concept is based on Livestock for livelihood. Definitely it will improve the socio economy status of land less/marginal farmers and may lead to women empowerment and will increase women involment in Livestock sector

  33. Poultry farming provides protective food in animal nutrition in the from of egg and meat also employment opportunities as various level. Poultry farming has become increasingly populated rural and urban areas. Poultry farming has become very encouraging enterprise in developing India for landless labourers, educated unemployment, small farmers also be women as well as for big entrepreneurship, keeping chicks on interstitial pattern. educated and uneducated women engaged in chicks rearing also be must needs sufficient knowledge of poultry keeping. Dr Shalini vaswani has a very good chose of work for our developing India .This will be able to improve the quality and educated/ uneducated unemployment of the women and younger generation also their livelihood . chicks rearing is a low cost investment which has several benefits like employment, rich nutrition , sours of income and increasing of livelihood.I would think it’s apt in current scenario. Helpful for women, children supported. Best of luck

  34. well done shalini Di it’s a great thought for alleviating poverty .keep it up for a great cause.this cause will provide them with financial and nutritional support.I support this programme.

  35. Poultry farming provides productive foods in human nutrition in the form of egg and meat also creating employment opportunities at several sectors. Poultry farming has become increasingly populated in the rural and urban areas. Poultry farming has become very encouraging enterprises in developing India for especially women, small farmers, land less labours and educated and uneducated unemployed youths as well as for big entrepreneurship, keeping chicks on industrial pattern.
    Dr. Shalini Vaswani has been chosen the appropriate field of work /project. This must will be able to improve the quality of life of the women and children in the society. This will give them nutritional and as well as financial support to the poor peoples of rural background. This project will provide food security to the women, children and poor people of villages . It will also empower the rural women, that is the need of present scenario in India. Therefore this project should be opted by the funding agencies and women scientist should give importance to it. Best of luck.

  36. Dr. Shaking this project is very good for all rural people’s. I hope this project would be helpful to provide quality nutrition as well as earnings to those marginalized community of rural area especially to the women masses because poultry farming in courtyard needs less technical know how and infrastructure. That is why this is unique project in total.

  37. Dr. Shalini Vaswani has been chosen the appropriate field of work /project. This must will be able to improve the quality of life of the women and children in the society of rural India. This will give them nutritional and as well as livelihood for financial support to the poor peoples of rural background in India. This project will provide food security especially to the women, children and poor people of villages . It will also empower the rural and urban women, that is the need of present scenario in Indian Society.

    I wish her all the success in life, may God help her so that she is capable of helping humanity. She deserves for the project work as she is hard working and dedicating to her work and to the society of India especially women and children.

  38. you idea is very nice to improve the low income or poor households but you needs to follow up day-to-day b/s chickens are highly seciptable to any disease and environmental impact. poor households get their income by sold the chicken but if also consider for processing like selling packed meat to consumers is more powerful to your proposal.

    nice proposal kept up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Dr. Shalini this project is very good for all rural people’s. I hope this project would be helpful to provide quality nutrition as well as earnings to those marginalized community of rural area especially to the women masses because poultry farming in courtyard needs less technical know how and infrastructure. That is why this is unique project in total.

  40. This is good idea for poverty alleviation programme in developing nations like India. Poultry Farming is most appropriate for the women and children in rural India as the source of providing livelihood. Such type of work must be supported by the financial agencies and the women scientist.This will provide food to society and money to women enterprisers.

  41. The target of Dr Shalini Vaswani innovation is to provide sustainability and livelihood to weaker sections of society by providing the subsidiary income and supplemental nutrition to addresses the issues of poverty and malnutrition, especially for women and children.
    Such type of work helpful to the poor in Indian society especially women to rise in their financial level. Thus must be supported by the Financial bodies of India to enlistment of women entrepreneur.

  42. Dr. S. P. Mishra, March11, 2016
    I have gone through the theme and content of the project ,which was designed for welfare and noble cause for betterment of weaker section of the society especially women. The proposer of the project have taken good work in this direction and will need to do hard work to handle this work properly in the time. So in total, it will be beneficial for the improvement of the quality of life of weaker section through this project.

  43. I admire Dr Shalini views and purposal for upliftment of socioeconomically poor people especially for the women’s living below poverty line. I wish her all success in life.

  44. It is a really excellent project, which is very much suitable for Indian condition. This project will help poor women of India. Poultry rearing is very much acceptable in large section of population.

  45. It is a really excellent project, which is very much suitable for Indian condition. This project will help poor women of India. Poultry rearing is very much acceptable in large section of population.This project is socially accepted

  46. Livestock contribute 40 % of the global value of agricultural output and support the livelihoods and food security of almost a 1.3 billion people. The livestock sector is one of the fastest growing parts of the agricultural economy. The growth and transformation of the sector offer opportunities for agricultural development, poverty reduction and food security gains, but the rapid pace of change risks marginalizing smallholders, and systemic risks to the natural resources and human health must be addressed to ensure sustainability.

    In many developing countries, livestock keeping is a multifunctional activity. Beyond their direct role in generating food and income, livestock are a valuable asset, serving as a store of wealth, collateral for credit and an essential safety net during times of crisis.

    Livestock is the world’s largest user of land resources, with grazing land and cropland dedicated to the production of feed representing almost 80 % of all agricultural land. Feed crops are grown in one-third of total cropland, while the total land area occupied by pasture is equivalent to 26 % of the ice-free terrestrial surface.

  47. Dear Shalini, This is important proposal for nutritional security and promotion of livelihood development in rural population. …….go ahead. ……
    Kaushalendra

  48. This is a great endeavor to enable food security while ensuring socio-economic upliftment of people below the poverty line through a sustainable income. If Dr Vaswani’s well structured proposal is implemented at scale, it has the potential to have a great impact on the weakest sections of society in India.

    Wishing you the very best Dr Vaswani!

  49. I like this proposal not only for the its obvious merits for the household and women. But it feels definitely achievable. You are rightly starting small with realistic goals and utilising university resources to make this model sustainable. If implemented well, it is bound to receive good response from low income families. Good luck.

  50. Ideas and planning for upliftment of poor and rural section of Indian society is remarkable, if worked on will be a boon to those who are in real need of help, The project will develop sustainability and confidence among women.The initiative taken by Dr. Shalini is really exemplary My good wishes with her tolling effort on socio- economic development of the last person of society..

  51. Very good purposal given by Dr Shalini . It will definitely help to improve the life of poor people .

  52. Poultry farming has become a remunerative business and pre-eminence over all other livestock enterprises in the India. It carries a scope for quick and large profit, therefore, the theme of project proposal is very genuine and helpful for poor people in alleviating poverty level. Furthermore, a growing concern about meeting of per capita requirement of protein for rural citizens of India, poultry meat and especially eggs have been proved to be the best and cheapest solution to this. Low input, good return and high nutritional value signify the weightage of this project proposal. Eventually, this is very precious task for reform of poor society. Amazing!! madam Keep on……………………………………..

  53. Dr. Shalini Vaswani exhibited a commitment to her professional self-development and strives for excellence in all her endeavors. She posses the problem solving and decision making skills that suggest her research performance is outstanding. In my opinion, Dr. Shalini has great potential for professional growth and advancement. Presently she is looking for a research exposure for using her skills to prove her technical competency. I feel Global Forum on Agriculture Research would be the ideal platform for her to prove herself scientifically. The research project she developed on “Livelihood through Backyard Poultry Farming”is of practical relevance to the Indian subcontinent as most of the farmers in this region are small and marginal and they rely heavily on livestock population for their livelihood security. Further, the project may enhance food security at household levels and improve nutritional status in the form of availability of valuable animal protein and can also play an important role in women empowerment in the proposed area. Hence, I feel the proposed project can be very useful as this might pave way for identifying strategies to improve the livelihood security of the poor farmers using backyard poultry. Dr. Shalini is an outstanding individual with a strong character. I have noticed that in any work she did, she offered great attention to detail where quality was never compromised. Additionally, she has a very positive attitude and truly embraces learning all there is to know about science. Knowing her scientific tempo in depth, I only feel that she should be provided an opportunity for the proposed project I am sure she will be able to deliver impressive results.

  54. This is a wonderful proposal. Dr Vaswani has put across her ideas in an abundantly lucid way. The salient points are also easy to implement and follow. It is something that must definitely be put into action especially in a country like India.

  55. Being an farmer from the rural area, I am the practical user of this concept. My Mother still has this kind of small project behind backyard of our house with very low cost of investment. and I would like to tell you based on this I am able to complete my most of the primary education.

    Now a days, when I go to my hometown I enjoy eating homemade boiled eggs/omelets cooked from my mother’s hands which is great source of protein.

    This is really a simply great concept with a great potential.

    Best Luck!!!

    1. Thanks Mr. Amol I feel so excited and glad to find the one who is really benefitted from the idea behind. Definitely in future i will be needing your’s mother practical knowledge in this…
      Traditionally backyard poultry farming is commonly practiced among Indian rural mass, using desi breeds of birds. The same concept is scientifically supported by involving specific backyard strains of poultry…which are more productive in comparison to the local breeds…

  56. An excellent proposal, especially for the economically challenged strata of our society. This will not only be a source of income for the family but it will also help to drastically improve the nutritional status of the family members. Protein Energy malnutrition is a major health problem in our rural population. Dr Shalini Vaswani’s proposal of livelihood through backyard poultry farming will truly help in combatting poverty as well as undernutrition.

  57. A great initiative taken by Dr.Shalini vaswani for the upliftment of poor farmers,especially women n children, great project for people below poverty line to enable them to gain extra income and nutritional support. My good wishes to shalini to success in her life.

  58. Good to see that one of my junior has give thought to work for wellfare of poor utilizing her profession knowledge. I wish that she should get the opportunity to workfor the poors.The project in real sense is intended for BPL faimlies especually women. This effort will aspire others to do so.

  59. An excellent proposal! This proposal of backyard poultry farming will not only help earn a livelihood but shall also help drastically improve the health conditions of the poor, protein energy malnutrition being a major health problem among them.

  60. Great initiative Dr.Shalini it will definitely improve the life of poor people, especially women n children in rural areas

  61. It’s a remarkable project that address an important current issue of food security especially in concern to poor. The concept will not only provide quality food tobthe weaker section but built a sense of confidence and make these people selfsustanable especially women. I wish that u may get an opportunity to work for social cause using knowledge of your profession.

  62. It’s such a privilege to see people like you enlightening everyone with these dedicated works. . . .For sure. . a truly visionary piece of work. . ☺

  63. This is an excellent project for a developing economy like India. As I have gone through the project it can be a boon for the people whose main occupation is agriculture and livestock. Lots of poor people will certainly get benefited from the project. Backyard farming is an excellent tool for sustainable living in rural areas. All the best.

  64. As I have gone through the project it is a really exciting project for a developing economy like India. Backyard farming will surely become a boon for sustainable living in rural areas. It will also support women who are very hard working and can easily do the work of backyard farming in rural areas. All the best

  65. it will be a great effort madam ji for rural poor of the country especially for those who suffered by malnutrition problem.
    Wishing you the very best Madam ji.

  66. The project has the capability of generating additional income without much investment and also in providing food security solution at family level. I would suggest to sensitise the village farmers about hygiene aspects also so that diseases like birdflue etc do not erupt causing losses to the farmers.

    1. Thank you sir….Yes surely in the training part i will be including the care, management and biosecurity issues including the major issues like birdflu etc…

  67. Backyard poultry farming should be addressed in a more scientific and systematic way to enhance the production and make it profitable venture in rural India. This project is more relevant to the the upbringing of the poultry farming. Hence above project should be encouraged.

  68. very good project and useful practical thought for upliftment of socio economic condition of rural poor.It will be an splendid idea/ proposal. Wish u AL the best.

  69. A nice proposal with a high chance of success. I am confident that Dr. Shalini can make this work.

  70. Mind blowing.At least people are now thing to utilize their profession to uplift the weaker section of society. Very good concept

  71. a good proposal with potential to uplift the rural poor since poultry production can be adopted and practiced by all households. Consider including small solar egg incubators for some of of the target families, these can aid in rapid multiplication of the flocks at household or village level.

    1. Thanks a lot bruce….yes u have given quite a nice idea and in future i will certainly consider it…but at this stage i am not focussing on the breeding of birds and trying for less capital intensive investments…

  72. Rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. Empowering them is key not only to the well-being of individuals, families and rural communities, but also to overall economic productivity, I wish Dr.shalini all the very best for this noble endeavour….

  73. Good project with a concept and sense of determination to work for society especially the weaker section in society . I pray that u get an opportunity to work for a Nobel cause and get success. Go ahead…..

  74. A great initiative Dr Shalini, this will dhow a way for people living below poverty line to supplement their income with minimalist efforts and also empower women which will lead the way for great economical decisions being made.

  75. It is nice proposal and applicable under smallholder farming to improve the livelihoods of farmers.

  76. Veterinary fraternity need to act in this domain of nutritional security and women empowerment with backyard poultry. There are many interventions from many international organizations for small holders in developing parts of the world. Best practices need to be adopted and rural youth must be promoted for entrepreneurship development in livestock sector rather than providing chicks/ birds
    for sustainable impact. Best wishes Dr Shalini for taking this initiative.

  77. Dr.Shalini’s proposal is very good for the development of rural economy. it helps to uplift the economy of poor people as wells enhance the food security.

  78. I see this project perfect and flawless. It is simple in nature, but has far reaching benefits for the rural poor, especially the rural women living under below poverty line. If the project is successfully implemented and followed up in right earnest in the rural areas, then it can provide triple benefit to rural people, in terms of self employment for women, nutritional security to the family and additional income for the house hold. Shalini has been the student at National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal,, India, where I served as Head of the Animal Nutrition Division. She has been a brilliant student, and that is really manifested today in this project. I really commend her for her efforts to do something for the rural poor, especially women, through the knowledge she has acquired in animal nutrition. I am very proud of her and wish her all the best in her life.

  79. This proposal has our full support!

    Dr. Shalini Vaswani followed a 10-week training program in dairy nutrition at Ghent University in 2015 and is definitely able to bring this project to a good end. For us, it is very nice to see that the knowledge acquired during the training program is really transferred to the people who need it, i.e. the local small scale farmers!

  80. I see this project in perfect shape, rather flawless. This appears to be a simple project, but is very innovative and has the potential to have far reaching benefits for rural poor, especially rural women. If successful, it can provide triple benefits to rural people, in terms of self employment to rural women, nutritional security for the family and additional income for the household. Not only that, the project could be replicated in different parts of the country, or even in the other poverty stricken regions of the world, as a poverty alleviation program me.. Shalini has been a student at National Dairy research Institute, Karnal, India, where I served as the Head, animal Nutrition Division. She has been a brilliant student and that is very much reflected through the project she has submitted today. As her teacher I am proud of her and wish her all the best in her en-devour.

  81. I see this project as perfect, rather flawless. It appears to be simple, but is very innovative and has the potential to address the problem of rural poverty, because of its socioeconomic approach. When implemented successfully, it can provide multiple benefits to rural people, in terms of self employment for rural women, nutritional security for the family and additional income to the household. Not only that, the project has the potential to be replicated in different parts of the country, even to the other poverty stricken regions of the world. Shalini has been the student at National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India, where I happened to serve as Head, Animal Nutrition Division. She has been a brilliant student, which is truly reflected today in the project she has proposed to undertake. We are proud of students like Shalini, and I wish her all the best in her endevour.

  82. Idea is really very impressive hope it help the rural habitants and women in future….It can change the nation and bring revolution in future…

  83. About half of rural population living in India is belong to below in poverty line which needs to enhance their income. This project will certainly help to boost their income but also to reduce the malnutrition of these people.

  84. Dr.A.Yasotha, TANUVAS

    I trust definitely this project will create excellent impact on livelihood of rural women in the study areas. In my view, Dr. Shalini has prepared this project with a brilliant idea of scientific background. Though rural women having interest on backyard poultry rearing, majority of them rearing in a traditional way with less input. When they rear the same with the scientific knowledge, certainly there is improvement in their livelihood since they are lacking on scientific management practices too. Hence imparting scientific skill on backyard poultry rearing and effective utilization of locally available indigenous resources are absolute necessary for rural women.

    Moreover Dr. Shalini has chosen a right enterprise at right time to the right target group. Being a women, she can easily reach the target group to their level for better understanding. Personally with close observation of Dr. Shalini, she is very sincere, hard working and honest. She has a tremendous potential with analytical skill on all aspects. She also has the capability to mingle with any kind of people easily. By analyzing all the factors of the project, I hope that the study areas will become a hub for backyard poultry farming with improved inputs and village will become a role model for the rural women of neighbouring villages and state as well. All the best for your thoughtful effort Shalini.

  85. This project will certainly helpful for not only rural people belong to below poverty line but also to reduce malnutrition of these masses.

  86. This is wonderful project. I feel its a good project and it should be implemented in socity soon.

  87. It’s a great proposal!!!… Hope this project will help in upliftment of rural women… All the best Dr. Shalini..

  88. Amazing!!.
    It will definetly help in improving the life of poor people especially women and children in the rural areas….

    Great concept….
    Wishing you the best wishes Dr.shalini.

  89. Veterinary fraternity need to act in this domain of nutritional security and women empowerment with backyard poultry. There are many interventions from many international organizations for small holders in developing parts of the world. Best practices need to be adopted and rural youth must be promoted for entrepreneurship development in livestock sector
    for sustainable impact. Best wishes Dr Shalini for taking this initiative.

    1. Thanks dr rahul for ur support and critical inputs…..
      But just now we are trying toaddress the issues of livelihood thru sustainable subsidiary income and supplemental nutrition for the poorest of poor and as such these are livelihood issues once it is in sustainable position I am sure that the socio-economic condition of these poorest of poor will improve and then by virtue of their experience and the availability of capital definitely they will take up the poultry production at entrepreneurship level.

  90. Great initiative for the poor socioeconomic population. The good thing is, it caters to the need of nutritional supplements, in particular protein, which usually is not met with the BPL people apart from their financial requirements. If the people are about to be given the technical support, about the DOs and DON’Ts as well to the they could keep the same going as a sustainable source. Must be considered as executable project.
    Thanks and wishes to Dr. Vaswani!

  91. Great initiative – and I commend your effort about using your platform to help improve their lives. A couple of suggestions i have is to add details on (1) how much money can the women make over a month/year using these methods and; (2) how they can succeed keep a majority of their money and not lose it to spouses/intermediaries in the distribution, etc

    1. Many thanks for the critical suggestions…yes definitely i will be considering them and adding them in detail project…especially the economics part.

  92. The zeal is almost infecious……A carefully thought of proposal with a strategy to addess the issue of sustainable rural livelihood security in local context. Needs to be given a ‘go ahead’ by all.

  93. wonderful concept Dr Shalini, Backward poultry farming acted as a life -line for the women and children in the African countries. This proposal has the potential to improve the socio-economic status of women thereby their and their children health status in Indian context too- ….. Good luck

  94. The zeal is almost iinfectious…. a well thought of proposition to address the eternal issue of rural livelihood security. Need be given a ‘go ahead’ by all…

  95. EXCELLENT endeavor. The more it gets into practice the better for life support needs in developing economies. May look for micro finance openings as well. Best wishes. Laxmi

  96. Well thought out plan and work. It would be amazing to see this get executed. Best wishes to Dr. Shalini and her team.

  97. Food security and risk mitigation through subsidiary income are major issues for poorest of the poor and farmers with minimal landholdings in India. These are not addressed by the commercial sector. It is well known fact that a fairly significant proportion of landless and marginal farmers eke out their living from poultry and other small ruminants. Backyard poultry, hardly requiring any infrastructure set-up, may act as a potent tool for development of resource-poor farmers’ family through both nutritional supplementation in form of valuable animal protein, subsidiary income and may also empower women.
    The present concept of ‘Rural Backyard Poultry Development’ is expected to cover the needy Below Poverty Line section of society to mainly enable them to gain supplementary income and nutritional support.
    In future this Rural Backyard Poultry Development can be taken-up as an integrated operation and at a sustainable preposition involving Breeding units of Low-input-technology birds, mother units, pheriwalas and of-course the market for organic egg and chicken producers.

    1. Thank you sir….ur words matters alot to me and certainly i will follow the add ons in my project….always in need of your support and suggestions.

  98. Dr shalini proposal for social uplift ment is good. Particularly area like Bundelkhand’s where poor people now a days doing suicide due to their poverty a huge area of land is available here but after so many effort the land couldn’t make useful for agriculture purpose. So this type project can play a big role in poverty elevation in our country. Availability of resources like land and menpower can be used.

  99. Its really a good proposal for uplifting socioeconomic status of rural women and making them independent and selfreliance .
    All the very best !!

  100. It’s a great proposal for uplifting socioeconomic aspects of rural women and making them independent and self reliance .
    All the very best !!

  101. Thìs is really a nice project for the upliftment of rural people’s. Especially for those who comes below poverty line and rural women’s. Go ahead. All the best mam.

  102. It’s really a great project which aims for upliftment of socioeconomic aspects of rural women and helping them become independent and self reliance .
    All d very best ma’m !!

  103. Good proposal for eradication of malnutrition in India and i hope this proposal will definitely help rural women
    Hope u will achieve ur target.

  104. This is a very good proposal which can help women in a far way. Very good idea shallini. This proposal is also good for many children who are suffering from malnutrition out of the poverty.

  105. Good innovative idea to ensure livelihood security for economically weak marginal and landless farmers. All the best….

  106. Very innovative and promising project. My best wishes to you mam. It will certainly bring socioeconomic development in the society.

  107. Good idea to for ensuring livelihood security of marginal and landless farmers. A noble idea to work upon….

  108. It’s a great motive..with a good cause.. May you reach your destination.. All the best..Miss. Shalini .

  109. I think this is a very promising venture and will definitely uplift the weaker sections of the society.
    My best wishes are with Dr.Shalini

  110. Step towards upliftment of rural women ….
    Its a wonderful project ..government shld take some step to implement. gud job mam

  111. Project proposal is nice. I wish the the capacity building of the farmers component should also be included which will certainly give a good outcome of the project.
    All the best for your endeavour.

    1. Many thanks Dr. Brijesh for ur wishes and critical inputs and i will certainly consider it in near future
      But presently I am trying to focus the issues of livelihood through sustainable subsidiary income and supplemental nutrition for the poorest of poor. Once their socio-economic condition improves then we go proceed further….

  112. The project will be extremely useful for a developing country like India especially in terms of women empowerment, food security and sustainability under changing socioeconomic and climatic conditions

  113. It is a great initiative, rather flawless. This project will help to overcome the protein defecient diets and have the potential to generate income and uplift the socio economic status to some extent. Complete support for this project, highly appreciated.

    Goodluck from Sarah, Hyderabad.

  114. Nyc concept….it will also help in development of country….
    All the best for project in my opinion it should be accepted. ..

  115. Dr. Vaswani proposal is very interesting as it adresses major issues concerning global health, nutrition and socio economic development.

  116. Dr.Shalini vaswani’s blog has impressed me immensely. I fully support her views on the subject. She has great depth in the matter. I wish her all success!!

  117. It is a great initiative, ,,,worth giving a thought, ,,a practical and realistic project where the backward community of india will get benefitted ….lesss investment and more output,,,,definitely worth implementingg to get better results,,, ,all the best for ths innovative idea,,,,,,,,,

  118. The blog is very impressive and with required initiative and focus could be applied in tIndia
    Wishing Shalini all the best

  119. Commendable idea and needs to be implemented. The concept has inherent potentiality to address the core issues. Well done!!

  120. A good proposal for upliftment of rural section in society,initiative will help to built confidence and strength in them

  121. Project is worth. Being a woman I can understand the need of self dependency. The project really practical and can be fruitful to uplift life of poor women

  122. Belongings to village I can understand the need to implement such type of projects in India. Project has objectivity and will be useful for poor. Good luck

  123. Madam village do require these type of quality project. The initiation of such projects will not only improve life but will be helpful in initiation of other good proposals

  124. Yes it’s true that the proposal could bring upliftment of poor women farmers, moreover the the proposal could be commendable in curbing malnutrition of growing children of beneficiary poor women. As it’s well known that children of marginal farmers are the most sufferers of malnourishement. The proposal is commendable as could provide the economic, physiological, mental and social upliftment of human beings.

  125. Proposal is very good and seems to be easy and practical.Surely it will benefit the people below poverty line

  126. A veterinarian justying her profession.Project proposal is extremely good. It will work under field condition especially uttar Pradesh to improve life of poor villager

  127. the best part of proposal is low initial investment and almost neglegible feed cost during rearing along with high gains in terms of income & nutrition. it should be accepted.

  128. Good project. Will be beneficial for women in village that have desire to work but due to financial constraints are unable to do so. Good vision

    1. Thanks…. yes financial constraints means a lot to these poor people so i want to offer minimum input i terms of initial investment and feed cost…as feed itself makes about 60-70% of the total inputs…

  129. Mind blowing. The proposal is outstanding. It will help the poor residing in villages.Can be a great employment source in future.

  130. Seems to be designed exclusively for the BPL faimlys, can be good alternate to overcome food security and problem of malnutrition.Good luck

  131. The proposal if implemented with have great impact of socioeconomic condition of poor families. It should be implemented

  132. Emphasized on weker section in society the project has idea of that is practical and can be put practical. Very good initiative

  133. This unattended section of society really need attention.through this project they can be help and can become self capable to work for improving their lives. Important issue, definitely need address.this project can be initiation

  134. A very good initiative to overcome malnutrition and also educating the BPL mass about its importance! Need more such incredible projects to improve the economic status of the country… All the very best!

  135. Malnutrition is an important problem in country.The project adresse the issue and will be of low investment. It’s very good project

  136. Thing of poor women’s and there children to address issue of malnutrition is exceptionally good. The project is designed taking into account the Indian economic condition. Should be put to work

  137. This project is the need of the day as it will take care of the production of Organic eggs for the consumption of poor people. This will also take care of antibiotic resistance.

  138. A project to uplift the economic status and food security and resistance against antibiotics by feeding organic eggs will be taken care

  139. Desik.M.V.S
    NIT.Rourkela
    Dr.Shalini, the project is really impressive because of its simple and scientific approach. I hope such projects will also extend to other states of India.
    All d best

  140. The project addresses the major issues of the people below poverty line and must be encouraged. All the best.

  141. With low initial capital investment the project is capable of generating additional income and enhance food security. If implemented effectively it can be a game changer for our society.

  142. Backyard poultry is promising venture for landless and poor farmers and play an important role in women empowerment. It will help in combatting poverty as well as malnutrition problem.

  143. The project is capable for upliftment of the weaker section of the society. project will address the health issues by providing organic protein. project is financially and technically manageable. My good wishes to project. Thanks

  144. The project aims at women empowerment and improving nutritional levels of people living below poverty. Hence, I feel the proposed project can be very useful as this might pave way for identifying strategies to improve the livelihood security of the poor farmers using backyard poultry.

  145. The research project “Livelihood through Backyard Poultry Farming” is apt for small farmers as they rely heavily on livestock population for their livelihood security. This will not only be a source of income for the family but it will also help to improve their nutritional status. All the best.

  146. The project will enhance food security at household levels and improve nutritional status in the form of availability of valuable animal protein and can also play an important role in women empowerment in the society. Highly recommended.

  147. The proposal has low initial investment and almost negligible feed cost during rearing along with high gains in terms of income & nutrition. Backyard farming is an excellent tool for sustainable living in rural areas.

  148. Its a very gud project,,,it is the evidence that the youth of india is thinking somuchh abt the development of the country, ,,,,,,n it is clear that this project is a very practical one,,,,all the best for this project, ,,,,we all will be there to support

  149. The proposal has the ability to address the socioeconomic issues and high chance of success. I support it by extending my hand for help to get the idea implemented.

  150. Alll the best for this unique idea….at any case this has to be implemented. ….This is a veryy practical and innovative thought. ….we have to workk together for the rural people of india,,,,,and let the women here start earning for their lively hood….the thing is that poultry farmingg doesn’t neeed that much effort and care ,,,,,it is easy to maintain, ,,,alll the bestt

  151. The role of women’s characteristics in reducing the prevalence of malnutrition isacross the globe.reducing hunger and malnutrition, and is the single most effective step to realizing the right to food,” and urged “world governments to adopt transformative food security strategies that address cultural constraints and redistribute roles between women.In vthqe context of child health outcomes, given that women are typically the primary caretakers of children, redirecting of decision-making roles in favour of women has the potential to improve child health. Hearty congratulations. N I wish best of luck for your holier effort.

  152. distributing the chicks at 3 wk age is a good point because till this age they are well vaccinated & can be easily managed at backyard

  153. low feed input as they are good scavengers for BPL people : commercial poultry farming is not at all feasible to concept of backyard in good

  154. Woman enporwarment is important aspect to be addressed upon.please follow up project for its implementation

  155. Amazing. Ideas and planning for upliftment of poor and rural section of Indian society is remarkable and appreciable.

  156. Great job mam.we expected this from u.u have always talknof rural upliftment in interaction and that’s what u are thinking to do. All the best

  157. Thinking of current issues such as women empowerment it outstanding.Just go ahead with project itbwill work

  158. Addressing problem of malnutrition and empower ing women is good.Project is formulated with good idea in Indian context. Should go ahead

  159. A very well researched proposal and definitely worth implementing the innovative idea on field as it surely would help boosting the quality of life of marginal farmers.

  160. This proposal for upliftment of poor and rural section of Indian society is remarkable and appreciable

  161. Good project for women empowerment and improving nutritional levels of people living below poverty line.

  162. U have mail afressal on women and malnutrition in weaker section of society. It a good concept and will work

  163. This proposal will enhance food security at household levels and improve nutritional status in the form of availability of valuable animal protein and can also play an important role in women empowerment. Good Luck.

  164. This project will provide an avenue for resource-poor farmers to increase production, improve their livelihoods, reduce malnutrition and thereby, contribute to the goal of overall poverty alleviation.

  165. It is a concept with minimal input and a better output that can have a great impact on this unattended weaker section of society that actually needs attention.

  166. Addressing the national issues such as poverty, women enpowernment and malnutrition with use of professional knowledge is exceptionally good. U did it.Work for , u will at least be able to improve life of few among many…

  167. The salient points are also easy to implement and follow. It is something that must definitely be put into action especially in a country like India.

  168. It will definetly help in improving the life of poor people especially women and children in the rural areas

  169. The proposal of Dr Shalini Vaswani targets at the lives of women and children in rural area, which provides a pratical system to improve their income and furthermore living standards. Personal speaking, it’s both a meaningful and realistic proposal.

  170. I think it’s an excellent and nobel thought and I am sure with competencies that you hold its very much doable. Wish you success!

  171. A very good initiative that Dr. Shalini will see that comes to a good end and that will help families in need and will empower women at the same time.

  172. This proposal could change the scenario of many households in India. By being able to contribute to the family income women will feel empowered and far more confident which in turn will result in them actively taking part in the betterment and progress of society because at the end of the day true progress of a nation is the progress of every individual.
    I hope this proposal is approved. 🙂

  173. It is a brilliant idea put forward by Dr.Shalini.
    By being able to contribute to the family income women will feel far more competent and empowered which will result in them actively contributing towards the progress of society and the fight against poverty.
    Which indeed will contribute to the progress of our Nation and its people.
    I hope this proposal is approved. 🙂

  174. This is a very good proposal by Dr.Shalini.
    This could change the scenario is many households.
    By being able to contribute to the family income women will feel far more competent and empowered which in turn will result in them actively taking part and contributing towards the progress of our nation and its people.
    I hope this proposal is approved.

  175. It’s a worthy project which is fulfilling two way objectives required by UN goals; to ensure nutritional security to the rural masses and link them with sustainable livelihood options.
    Logically ; a proposal with mission; hence must approve.

  176. Dr Shalini
    This is very good proposal which can directly benefit the rural poor farmers. This can bring financial as well as nutritional improvement to the poor farmers.

    Good luck

    Dr Bag, IVRI

  177. Nice proposal for upliftment weaker section of society and for women empowerment. Best wishes. I hope it gets through and is implemented properly. So that apart from fulfilling its purpose, such project will also inspire others to do their bit to contribute at the field level.

  178. I hope this project, if implemented, can bring lot of economic benefit to the rural poor.

  179. I’ve came in touch with dr. Shalini through an international training program on Dairy Nutrition which we organise at Ghent University (Belgium). During this 10-weeks intensive training program, the participants are invited to submit several assignments, including a project proposal. As a ‘trainer’ you get to know the participants very well through the way they tackle the assignments which are given. The current proposal is in line with the way dr. Shalini approached the assignments in our course: with deep respect and commitment towards the farmers for whom it is designed and with a realistic view on potential to transfer knowledge to the field.
    I truly hope this project can get financial support and wish all the best for its completion (keep us updated!).

  180. Dr Hidayatullah Memon, Veterinary Officer, Poultry Production, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan says:

    very nice initiative, keep it up madam.

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