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1. Basic information

  • Name of organization: International Network for Family Poultry Development
  • Acronym: INFPD
  • Year of establishment: November, 1989
  • E-mail:
  • Website:
  • Name of coordinator/chair: Dr. E. Fallou Guèye
  • Contact persons
          Dr. E. Fallou Guèye
          Chairman of the Executive Committee
  • Contact address
          Dr. E. Fallou Guèye
          Laboratoire National de l’Élevage et de Recherches Vétérinaires (LNERV)
          Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA)
          B.P. 2057, Dakar RP, SÉNÉGAL

2. Background information

The International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD), which is a typical Information Exchange Network, was set up in November 1989 in the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, as the African Network for Rural Poultry Development (ANRPD), with the encouragement and support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other international organizations such as the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), Wageningen, The Netherlands, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada. The current name and other appropriate related resolutions were adopted by the ANRPD General Meeting held on 13 December 1997 in M'Bour, Senegal. The INFPD became a global Working Group of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) in September 2002.

3. Vision, goal, mission statement and objectives

The vision and goal of INFPD for the future centre on institutionalization of the family poultry paradigm for poverty alleviation, food security and the promotion of gender equality. The objective of the International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD) is to encourage rural, peri-urban and urban families in developing countries to establish or improve the management of their small poultry flocks as a means of enhancing family nutrition, alleviating poverty at community level, providing job opportunities for vulnerable people (e.g. landless farmers, jobless youths, distressed people) and empowering women by:

  • Documenting results and disseminating information;
  • Coordinating training programmes for research and development personnel;
  • Identifying research and development priorities, funding sources and cooperation opportunities; and
  • Developing research and development protocols as related to family poultry development throughout the world.

The Network may undertake other related activities if considered appropriate by the General Assembly and/or the Executive Committee.

4. Values for excellence

          4.1 Human dignity and gender equity

  • All women and men members are equal. They have equal rights in the Network and can participate in the development activities equally. They can equally be elected to Network positions;
  • INFPD will facilitate and promote the participation of as many as people possible living in the working areas and provide special emphasis to the participation of women, youth, elderly persons as they are mostly considered as vulnerable groups;
  • All members of INFPD, irrespective of their gender, shall have the equal opportunities for promotion based on their experience and qualification are fully considered;
  • All INFPD members have equal right to be elected to the executive committee?
  • INFPD will ensure gender justice in all aspects of the Network structure and organization, including the equal right to be elected in its executive committee. 

         4.2 Honesty, integrity, sincerity and transparency

  • INFPD programme shall promote honesty, integrity, sincerity and transparency in all activities rolled out by its members;
  • Members’ behaviour and conduct must consider these values for excellence and remain honest, sincere and transparent;
  • Members and Network will always remain transparent about their activities to the stakeholders.

      4.3 Cost consciousness and sound management of resources

  • INFPD shall manage and use its acquired resources in a cost effective manner;
  • Members and officials of INFPD shall remain highly concerned on best use of resources received from funding structures and provided to members.

      4.4 Concern for environment

  • All projects/programmes of INFPD and programmes by INFPD members would be environmentally friendly.

      4.5 Quality services

  • All projects/programs activities and services of INFPD will be of high quality;
  • Members and officials of INFPD shall be responsible for maintaining the quality of the program performance.

      4.6 Capability and accountability

  • Beneficiaries of INFPD activities (projects, publications, workshops/congress/conferences, websites, etc.) shall possess the knowledge, understanding and capability to identify and resolve their problems. Officials of INFPD shall facilitate the process;
  • INFPD members and officials shall remain strict to their work plans and demonstrate accountability to the Network.

      4.7 Creativity and innovation

  • In all cases the creativity and innovation will be appreciated in any whole project or program cycle;
  • Creative and innovative works from the members and officials would be encouraged and promoted.

      4.8 Discipline

  • All INFPD officials, beneficiaries and counterparts shall respect the Network’s rules and regulations, as specified in points 4.1 to 4.7;
  • Officials of INFPD shall remain committed to the policies, procedures and systems of the Network;
  • Any violation of rules and regulations would be treated seriously, and disciplinary actions would be taken accordingly.

5. Type and number of beneficiaries

  • Potential beneficiaries are all Network members, which comprise researchers, policy makers, educators, staff of development agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aid donors and smallholder farmers.
  • The current latest list of INFPD members (as of 27th December 2012) reveals that there are presently 969 members from 104 countries in five continents. Out of these members, 63.5% are from Africa, 14.4% from Europe, 9.5% from Asia, 6.6% from Middle/South America and the Caribbean, 2.9% from Oceania, 2.0% from North America, and 1.1% from the Middle East.

6. Partnership and collaboration with other organization/agencies

INFPD collaborates with the following associations, networks, organizations and agencies:

7. Management, structure with leadership pattern

7.1 The INFPD is controlled by the General Assembly, which consists of all members present at the general meeting. This General Assembly may set broad guidelines for the management of the INFPD, and modify the Statutes as noted below.

7.2 INFPD General Assembly takes place at intervals of four years and coincide with the World’s Poultry Congress (WPC).

7.3 Membership of INFPD is open to all persons who are interested in the objectives of the Network and who are member of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA). A list of all attendants at the General Assembly and other meetings, and others who wish to be on the members’ list will be maintained by the Coordinator. All INFPD members are strongly encouraged to attend the General Assembly and other meetings and to contribute papers to Family Poultry Communications, the official Journal of INFPD.

7.4 The policies and guidelines of INFPD are decided with the aid of an Advisory Committee nominated by the Executive Committee from international organizations and institutions and individuals interested in family poultry development. The nominations are ratified by the General Assembly.

7.5 INFPD is presided by the Executive Committee (EC) which consists of at least four persons with at least one woman. Currently, the INFPD Executive Committee has five members, including one woman. This Committee manages the general affairs of the Network, and advises the Organising Committee of the WPC on relevant research and development aspects of family poultry, as required.

7.6 The EC and the person responsible for the upcoming WPC shall ensure that a suitably representative Organizing Committee(s) is established within the host country for organizing and conducting the meeting.

7.7 The Organizing Committee shall be solely responsible for the financial management of General Assembly or any other technical gatherings (workshops, meetings, symposia, etc.) that is organized after receiving approval from the EC, if funds are received from any donor institutions. The committee shall provide the EC with a summary of financial accounts within 6 months of the end of any gatherings; these accounts will be summarized and presented to the next General Assembly for approval. The technical report of the meeting and the proceedings of the General Assembly are prepared by the Secretary of the EC.

7.8 Information about the Network activities shall be publicized through appropriate international and national channels; and through the biannual (trilingual) Family Poultry Communications and the annual Family Poultry Development Directory which shall be sent to members by the Coordinator and posted on the INFPD website.

7.9 Proposals for altering the Statutes must be provided in writing to the Coordinator at least two days prior to the General Assembly. Changes to the Statutes may be approved by a two-thirds majority of INFPD members present at a meeting of the General Assembly.

7.10 INFPD has three official languages, i.e. English, French and Spanish.

8. Accountability

8.1 The Executive Committee (EC) is responsible and accountable to the General Assembly for its activities and organizational management. This is the body accountable for effective smooth functioning of the organizational activities and the proper utilization of funds provided from different sources. The General Assembly also elects the Chairman/Coordinator and other EC members through any appropriate voting systems, and the tenure of the Coordinator and other EC members coincides with the General Assembly.

8.2 The EC members perform the management functions and guide the INFPD members as assigned by the EC. The EC members work under the direct supervision of the Chairman/Coordinator.

8.3 INFPD is also accountable to its members for the implementation of planned activities and the delivery of services.

9. Organizational transparency

  • INFPD is transparent to the donors and is providing all types of information as required.
  • INFPD is transparent to its members and stakeholders it is working with. All types of information, collected from -INFPD members and other sources, are accessible to all INFPD members and stakeholders.
  • INFPD is also transparent to the counterparts and partners.

INFPD is maintaining close contact with Governments and providing all necessary information to the authorities at all administrative entity levels.

  • Dr. E. Fallou Guèye
    Chairman of the Executive Committee
    Rome, Italy: Tel: +39 06 570 55069

Contact Address

  • Dr. E. Fallou Guèye
    Laboratoire National de l’Élevage et de Recherches Vétérinaires (LNERV),
    Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA),
    B.P. 2057, Dakar RP,

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