World Poultry Foundation Grant Proposal 2018

WPR Request for funding

  1. Requesting Organization:

Auburn University and National Poultry Technology Center

Department of Poultry Science

  1. Federal Tax Identification number:63-6000724
  2. Title of Project: Capacity Building to Improve the Efficiency ofthe Poultry Industry in Cuba.
  1. Name for organization to be funded:


Department of Poultry Science and

National Poultry Technology Center

Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5416

  1. Total Funds Requested ($ US):


  1. Start and Completion Dates of Project:

5/1/2018           11/31/2018

  1. Description of how project relates to WPF Bylaws funding areas:


  1. (i) by promoting economic development in economically distressed areas outside of the United States by providing technical, educational, and other assistance to foster the development of local poultry and egg industries,
  2. (ii) by cooperating and partnering with other foundations, organizations, and government agencies by assisting them with projects that advance the charitable purposes of the corporation as determined by the Board of Directors.


  1. Description of activities to be carried out under project:


Drs. Giambrone, Pacheco, and Jim Donald will attend a 1-day Cuban Agricultural fare to obtain first hand knowledge of the state of Agriculture in Cuba. This will be a onetime opportunity to visit with technical personnel and average farmers from a variety of agricultural production systems in Cuba and to obtain their opinions of the state of agriculture in Cuba.

This will be followed by a two-day training workshop on layer and broiler nutrition, feed processing, detection and control of economically important infectious diseases, and design and management of poultry housing and ventilation systems for maximum production and energy conservationwill be conducted (Agenda attached). The workshop will be conducted in Havana and there will to be representation of poultry technical personnel from most of the Cuban provinces. This meeting will allow the Cuban scientists from the Poultry Research Institute to network with participants and develop long-term collaborations with them. The meeting will consist of 11 presentations on aspects of poultry production as outline in the attached agenda..

Principal Investigators from Auburn University: Drs. Wilmer Pacheco, Joseph. J. Giambrone and James Donald. Dr. Pacheco is an expert on feed milling and other aspects of nutrition. Dr. Giambrone is an expert on Poultry Health and Management. Jim Donald is an engineer and an expert on poultry housing and ventilation.

Co-principal Investigators from Cuban Institutes: Ing. Jesus Aguilar, meber od cnesa and . 6402 Mousoleo el Cacahual y Gral. Maceo, Santiago de Las Vegas, La Habana, Cuba.

  1. Long Term Strategy:

According to the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, Inc., the exports of food products & agricultural commodities from the United States to Cuba were US$11,963,399.00 in 2017. Poultry products (frozen chicken leg quarter, meat, and legs) represented 68% of the exports to Cuba. The exports of soybeans represent 23% of the exports. In 2016, Drs. Giambrone and Pacheco visited Cuba with Auburn University funding to lecture to 50 poultry veterinarians from all over Cuba on the prevention and control of diseases of commercial and backyard chicken flocks, biosecurity and Dr. Pacheco  lectured on quality control of grains and finished feeds. We also helped them develop effective in-house composting methods to inactivate pathogens in litter, eggs, and chickens. The Centro of Nacional Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria  (CENSA) has been able to refine the composting techniques and now has the capability to transfer their compositing techniques to poultry producers should they have contagious infectious disease-causing organisms. In 2017, Drs. Giambrone and Pacheco again visited Cuba to transfer knowledge of the US Poultry Industry to members of CENSA and Instiuto de Investigaciones Avicolas. We also planned the Workshop for the following year with the Instiuto. The important agenda items, which were suggested to us by the Instiuto, are listed in this proposal. Dr. Giambrone’s’ trip was funded by the WPF and Dr. Pacheco by Auburn. Jim Donald also accompanied us to Cuba and his trip was funded by Auburn.

In 2017, the hurricane Irma last year affected 614 layer’s houses (Fig. 1) and the mortality was disposed using the techniques taught during our training in 2016. In addition, after Irma the majority of layer flocks reduced egg production due to the post-traumatic stress caused by the hurricane. Therefore, Cuban’s had to pay for some of the most expensive eggs in Latin America. In the coming years, Cuba has the goal to produce 10,000 tons of poultry meat and reactivate broiler production. Therefore, important aspects of broiler nutrition, building of more efficient poultry housing, and improved disease control are necessary and will be discussed during the training.

Fig. 1A total of 614 poultry houses were partially or totally demolished throughout the Island. 

  1. Performance Measure(s) for Strategy:


Before the training, a 30 min pre-test will be conducted to evaluate the general knowledge. After the training, the acquired knowledge of the participants will be evaluated through a final quiz. These tests will be translated into Spanish and serve as a benchmark as to the effectiveness of the workshop. A short workshop evaluation will also be submitted to the participants.


Information about current productive parameters (egg production, egg weight, shell integrity, internal egg quality, layer mortality, etc) will be obtained during the visit.


During the fall, Dr. Pacheco will conduct a follow of visit to measure progress and to visit one or two feed mills in Cuba to assure that good quality control of ingredients, processes, and finished products are followed. In addition, Dr. Pacheco will obtain more information to evaluate the impact of the training on the improvement of productive parameters.

  1. WPF Staff Comments: NA
  2. Budget: NA

Rationale for budget:

1)    Three US. Sieves (#12, 30, and 50) as well as the pan and the cover will be bought to teach particle size analysis. Two bottles of Quantab strips will be purchased to teach the participants to evaluate mixing uniformity during the training; the rest of the strip will be donated to the research institute for future mixer testing.

  • Travel to Cuba by Drs. Pacheco, Giambrone, and Donald for 5 days.
  • Poultry Disease textbooks to use for teaching purposes and then given to members of the Instiuto de Investigaciones Avicolas.
  • 26% indirect costs.


  1. Exit Strategy:


After the completion of the training, we will continue our close collaboration with Cuban scientists from the research institute and plan collaboration for the 2019. Our close proximity to Cuba, a 2-hour relatively inexpensive flight from Atlanta to Havana; inexpensive lodging and meals and ease of obtaining academic VISAs makes trips to Cuba much less complicated than in the past.