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The Bariadi model combined working in a village group with the input of subgroups that specialise on certain tasks of chicken rearing. However the originally intended subgroups were only partly established. The proposed first three groups were combined in one subgroup in which group members did breeding, hatching, and rearing of chicks as hatching with incubators was not used and it was found that traditional methods of breeding, hatching and rearing chicks are quite effective if better housing and animal health care are also considered. The other subgroups were implemented as originally planned, however it was also realised that other subgroups for marketing and financial services might have been very useful. Through the subgroups a higher degree of skills and investment was achieved from which the entire group benefited in terms of higher productivity and higher income. The most important aspect of the Bariadi model was therefore the introduction of division of labour within the community.

The Bariadi model increases substantially income levels of village households (see below) and has therefore a huge potential for poverty reduction. As about 60% of the group members in both villages were women the Bariadi model has also the potential to create income opportunities for women. The impact on the overall market could not yet be seen as the application in Bariadi was insignificant for the entire market of local chicken.

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