What is it about?

Low uptake of Newcastle Disease (ND) vaccines is major hindrance to the exploitation of the full benefits of chicken rearing by smallholder women farmers in Southeastern Kenya. Our findings show that comprehensive approach that addresses increased ND vaccine knowledge among smallholder women chicken farmers, proximity of ND vendors, as well as cost holds the potential for regular and increased ND vaccine uptake.

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Why is it important?

Chicken rearing by smallholder women farmers plays a significant role in poverty reduction for the rural communities by ensuring income supply and contributes significantly to household food security. Chicken rearing is however impeded by high mortality rated from Newcastle Disease (ND) due to low uptake of ND vacines. Identifying the barriers to ND vaccine uptake is therefore very timely in efforts to promote chicken farming for smallholder women farmers.


This article was an eye opener on the need to take a broader and comprehensive apprach to addressing the barriers to ND vaccine uptake. We hope this will inform recalibration of interventions by that policy makers.

Prof. Ken Waweru
The Co-operative University of Kenya

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This page is a summary of: Socio-economic and structural barriers in Newcastle disease vaccines uptake by smallholder women farmers in Southeastern Kenya, PLoS ONE, March 2023, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0283076.
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