The USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry seeks to improve the production of chicken and eggs by households and small farmers, and thereby improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods in Africa -- key goals of the Feed the Future Program.

The five-year research program will apply advanced genetics and genomics approaches to sustainably enhance innate resistance to Newcastle disease and heat stress in chickens to improve production.   

The research program is being implemented through a partnership of the University of California at Davis, Iowa State University, Sokoine University of Agriculture -Tanzania, the University of Ghana, and the University of Delaware. The program will develop a small panel chip for implementing genetic selection against Newcastle disease and heat stress based on associated genetic variants identified in Chicken ecotypes from East and West Africa and among some commercial lines.