Tyson Foods will mobilize and appropriately train two Tyson team members and a mentor to travel to the Babati region at least 4 times per year, for stays of 2-3 weeks per trip. Tyson fellows will work with World Vision staff and others identified by World Vision to analyze value chains for poultry (eggs, meat and chicks); work with small-holder famers, experts, government officials and others to investigate ways to improve the poultry value chain; experiment and recommend ways and means to improve the poultry value chain; provide World Vision staff with recommendations and conclusions; investigate upstream and downstream companies, investments, and mechanisms which will make small-holder poultry production more efficient, productive and profitable; and provide technical and business know-how for improving productivity and profitability.
World Vision's Secure the Future Initiative is a five-year, $10 million commitment funded by independent investors. World Vision will provide up to $112,500 for the creation of facilities that will demonstrate best practices for substantive improvements. They will also provide the enabling environment, organize famers into savings groups, organize farmers to work together for market advantage, support access to microfinance services, provide technical support on access to clean water, manure use and disposal and other environmentally-related issues, and provide access to weather, disease and market information and early warning systems. This five-year World Vision commitment, which will include Tyson Foods' assistance on the poultry value chain as long as partnership remains agreeable to both parties, aims to improve the lives and incomes of 9,000 smallholder farmers, agro-pastoralists and pastoralists, and through them impact a total of 36,000 people.