Sharing expertise in raising healthier chickens
As well as organising chickens and chicken houses, Alex also shares his expert knowledge with the PSFs. “Part of the package is providing ... educational development and skills to improve chicken management,” he says.
Chickens in Timor-Leste are often malnourished and not producing as many eggs as they could, so the PSFs’ healthy chickens will serve as examples for their communities. Other families will be able to see how to build better chicken houses and learn how to increase egg production.
In Aileu, Joana is one of the PSFs with a newly-completed chicken house. Most people in her community only have very small chicken coops, which are often not secure. “These chicken coops are very good for us because it’s safer for the chickens; no other animals will come and destroy them,” she says.
Joana thinks the chicken incentive package is a great idea. “Through this, eggs are very good for my children’s nutrition and easy for us to get.” She enjoys helping her community as a PSF, and the chicken incentive package will provide extra motivation to keep up her important work.
And for Alex, as well as having a very special job title, the work is an opportunity to apply his unique skills to widespread benefit – improving health and nutrition for communities across Timor-Leste.
In fact, his expertise is so sought-after through the project that another position has now been created to provide additional support: PF Chicken, for chicken project facilitators.