The research agenda is collaborative and is implemented in collaboration with an indigenous chicken consortia. The first phase of the project kicked off in the year 2012 and will run for five years. InCIP | Indigenous Chicken Improvement Programme. Working to improve the livelihoods and food security among the resource poor households in Sub Saharan Africa. Objectives The programme is intended to enable smallholder, and other disadvantaged stakeholders in Kenya and Malawi to be involved in a coordinated IC sub-sector through improvement of productivity of IC and promotion of their utilisation along the ICPVC and promotion of partnerships in service delivery and agribusiness development thus alleviating poverty and ensuring income and food seccurity. To achieve this it is indispensable to have environmentally friendly production methods and develop improved IC technologies and validate them. In addition, qualified staff and well laid policies to advance IC production are required to facilitate dissemination of these technologies through promotion of partnerships in service delivery and agribusiness development. With the current poverty levels and the need to address environmental concerns, it is important to foster interdisciplinary research and academic November 2010 APF Application form for submission on 3rd May 2011 Page 10 of 79 partnership. This will help in the development of expert knowledge in IC production and environmental management. An African-European collaborative network is needed. This action targets private-public sector partnerships that equip smallholder farmers and specialists to sustain quality IC production.   Visit Project Website