African villages without wings …?
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Mugah, Joseph and Neun, Hansjorg. 2006. African villages without wings …?. Entwicklung & Ländlicher Raum 5, 17-19.
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A major problem facing health and veterinary officials in some developing countries is that not everyone believes that the threat is real.
As the spectre of bird flu hovers menacingly, many African households are already counting the cost of the H5N1 virus. Backyard poultry is an important source of revenue and protein in Africa, yet the disease threatens to cause massive hardship in this sector. Porous borders, a busy informal chicken trade and inadequate veterinary services contribute to the spread of the virus. The poorest groups in the chain are also the most exposed and the least informed on the scourge. Accordingly, it is crucial that they be informed on the necessary preventive measures.