The project will be implemented by Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), partnering with Gulu University, Makerere University (Uganda), Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), and International Rural Poultry Centre (Mozambique). Associate partners are Agriculture Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM) and Chick Masters Limited (CML). The partners will bring expertise in chicken genetic improvement, disease control, feed development, engaging women/youth farmers, and harness the available scientific and technological capabilities of the partners’ networks; to deliver an innovative and sustainable chicken production system. In this action we will: (1) Determine the genetic composition of native chicken ecotypes in Mozambique and Uganda; (2) Identify native chickens with genes for fast growth and high egg production; (3) Develop native chickens with high body weight, high egg production, broodiness and survival under extensive system in Mozambique and Uganda; and (4) Assess the effectiveness of different technology delivery models for scaling up native and crossbreed chickens production.