The ancestor of today's domestic chicken is the wild red jungle fowl Gallus gallus, native to India and Southeast Asia.
The red jungle fowl was first domesticated apparently for use in religious rituals involving cockfighting.
In commercial poultry husbandry practice, the hatchery takes over the incubation of bird eggs in order to provide as many day-old chicks as needed at any time to farmers.
The main bottleneck for poultry industry development in Togo, and its neighbouring countries, is the lack of day-old chick supply.
Also, there is lack of information on management practice aspects, feed rations formulation, etc.
With the aim to promote and develop poultry industry in these countries, an interuniversity project [Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) and University of Lome (UL)] as a model of poultry industry development is running.
Specific objectives of the current project are 1) to provide insights and disseminate guidelines and information on adapted methods to improve poultry production and 2) to focus on development of new technologies in poultry production and implementation of research on poultry management practices.
The World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA) is a long-established and unique organization that strives to advance knowledge and understanding of all aspects of poultry science and the poultry industry.
Its 3 main aims are education, organization, and research.