The KYEEMA Foundation is working to build a sustainable future for all. Formed in 2003, KYEEMA aids in the development of treatments and cures for diseases affecting plants, animals and people living in developing countries, as well helping with the development of technology to assist in improving the living standards of individuals in developing countries. It is a not-for-profit organisation based in Brisbane, Australia.
KYEEMA is an Australian aboriginal word meaning “of the dawn”. Underpinning our work is our development philosophy that through helping people to improve their livelihoods, we will assist them to bring new hope into their lives and to have a new dawn. The KYEEMA Foundation is involved with a number of activities that seek to help individuals help themselves, including chicken rearing and vaccination activities, assistance for AIDS orphans, and research to reduce cyanide toxicity from eating bitter cassava. Further details of these projects can be found under “Project Support” on this website.
The International Rural Poultry Centre (IRPC) is an initiative of the KYEEMA Foundation. The IRPC works with governments, communities, farmers and their families to promote cost-efficient and sustainable improvements to village poultry production in order to improve the livelihood of rural families worldwide. The IRPC aims to ensure a sustainable supply of the thermotolerant I-2 Newcastle Disease (ND) vaccine master seed, and provide training and monitoring in its effective production, quality control and field use. The IRPC also aids in the provision of appropriate training for all groups involved with village poultry production from farmers to researchers, both internationally and in Australia.
The KYEEMA Foundation website is now the home for the Rural Poultry in Developing Countries website (previous address www.vsap.uq.edu.au/ruralpoultry). The website will be maintained by the KYEEMA Foundation on behalf of all parties involved in funding, set-up and maintenance of the website to date, including the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the University of Queensland (UQ).