Agroecological model for avian coccidiosis

Call for Proposals
USD 200.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 536.911
Execution time
42 Months
Total Amount:
USD 736.911
Participating countries:
Argentina Argentina Chile Chile
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 27% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 73%

Executive Summary

Avian coccidiosis is an intestinal parasitosis that causes sanitation problems in poultry farms. It is caused by an intestinal parasite of the genus Eimeria that is highly contagious and produces great economic losses in both meat and egg production. At the industrial level, its control is carried out through biosecurity measures, management, live vaccines and antimicrobials. Although vaccination is effective in industrial poultry, family producers do not use it as a sustainable strategy due to its high cost. In addition, drugs used at an industrial level cause environmental contamination and may leave residues in products intended for human consumption, potentially posing toxic effects for consumers. In family farming, there are no formal reports of the parasite species that affect birds and determining these is crucial for decision-making regarding prevention and treatment. Therefore, generating the necessary knowledge to understand the problem and developing an agroecological model for effective disease control is essential.

The technological solution

Research on the proper management of coccidiosis through breeding under animal welfare practices, sustainable management of natural resources and the use of probiotics.


  • Establish and implement an innovation network to promote poultry as a development tool in Latin America.
  • Increase profits from family poultry production by 10-20%.
  • Increase weight of birds to slaughter by 15%.
  • Improve feed conversion by 10%.
  • Reduce 80% of bird mortality.

Preliminary results

  • Survey of family poultry establishments
  • Farm georeferencing
  • Seasonal sampling
  • Coccidiosis Diagnoses
  • Incidence of circulating species


  • 60,000 poultry family farmers in the involved regions of Argentina and Chile.
  • 1,500 technicians, veterinarians and students in Argentina and Chile.

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Decent work and economic growth Responsible consumption and production Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Universidad de Chile (UCHILE) - Chile
  • Universidad Mayor de Chile (UMAYOR) - Chile
  • Universidad Nacional de Luján (UNLU) - Argentina

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With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)