From 11-12 April 2023. the University of Abomey-Calavi hosted a workshop dedicated to mapping actors in the Beninese poultry sector.
The workshop brought together stakeholders from the poultry sector in Benin, as well as those from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and researchers from the University of Abomey-Calavi, to develop a strategy to map actors in Benin’s poultry sector, with a focus on practices related to the use of antimicrobials. The event was chaired by Professor Nelly Kelome, Vice-rector in charge of cooperation at the University of Abomey-Calavi.
About the project
The initiative is part of a new ICARS-funded project which aims to reduce the importation of antimicrobial resistance through day-old chicks and eggs in Benin.
Despite an increasing import of poultry meat, there is no data available and no formal mechanism in place to limit the introduction of highly resistant bacteria into Benin through imported chickens, eggs and poultry meat. The project co-developed by the University of Abomey-Calavi, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the poultry unions, aims to provide data and a framework to design and support the implementation of a microbiological certification system (MicS) for local and imported eggs and day-old chicks.