In Côte d'Ivoire, the consumption of poultry meat per capita per year has increased from 0.43 kg in 2006 to 2.8 kg in 2018 (Country Analysis - Côte d'Ivoire, 2018-). This trend is only growing with the continued increase in population, which offers good prospects for the poultry industry. The majority of chicken is still sold as whole chicken and is generally accessible to middle-class and wealthy consumers.
Maize is the second most important cereal in Côte d'Ivoire, after rice. According to the FAO, national maize production in the country in 2020 is estimated at 1.1 million tons compared to 600,000 tons in 2003. It is the most important raw material in the manufacture of livestock and poultry feed and represents more than 65% ingredients of poultry feed.
With a view to contributing to food sovereignty through quality poultry meat in Côte d'Ivoire, Koudijs Distribution Society (KDS) and 2SCALE have signed a partnership agreement. The partnership aims at the professionalization of the sector and the provision of commercial outlets for small-scale poultry and yellow maize producers, This partnership aims to strengthen the distribution channels for concentrated feed, chicks and yellow maize supply chains for poultry farmers, develop commercial relationships between maize farmers, millers, poultry farmers, slaughterhouses and distributors of poultry products (whole chicken, cuts and eggs) in order to facilitate access to sufficient quantities of poultry products of nutritional quality for urban and rural populations, including low-income consumers through cuts.
The objectives of the partnership include the inclusion of 6,000 small-scale yellow maize farmers and facilitating the adoption of eco-efficient practices on 11,000 hectares by the end of 2023.