This policy brief discusses contract farming as a potential business model for transforming the indigenous poultry subsector into a viable commercial enterprise. Using experiences from the Research-Into-Use (RIU) Indigenous Poultry Commercialisation Project, it demonstrates that contract farming can be highly beneficial to rural poultry farmers, poultry input suppliers, the contractor and the public sector in general.
The policy brief holds that measures to maximise the benefits of poultry contract farming should be prioritised alongside strategies to mitigate latent risks and unfavourable effects to both smallholders and the contractor. In particular, it recommends promotion of poultry contract farming as a matter of policy, promotion of public private partnership in contract farming schemes, and establishment of innovative mechanisms to address the traditional concerns about contract farming.
Anon. Exploring Contract Farming as a Business Model for Commercial Expansion of the Indigenous Poultry Subsector. (2012) 12 pp. [RIU Tanzania Policy Brief 2]