[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A film festival in Brisbane, which showcases stories of Africa, aims to help protect chickens and livelihood in the country through an international foundation aided by the University of Queensland. The said film fest will be held on May 12 and will take place at the Princess Theater in Woolloongabba. Peter Greste, the UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communication will be the event’s special guest.
The Australian Festival of African Film Brisbane will help people in Africa with funds going to the future of the festival in Queensland and the Kyeema Foundation. The foundation supports the improvement of food and nutrition security as well as living standards in weak communities through village poultry production.
Dr. Eliza Smith, a graduate of the University of Queensland and Kyeema program manager, said that only a few Australians understand the importance of the humble backyard chicken to African livelihood. She added that the bird is a “crucial building block” in the nutritional and economic stability of their owners in rural Africa.
“When poor families lose chickens, they also lose income that pays for food, school fees, and medication,” Dr. Smith also said. She explained that at the Kyeema Foundation, they help protect village chickens from the Newcastle disease which is a common poultry disease. The work, Dr. Smith says, helps mitigate poverty and provides quality nutrition to those who are most vulnerable: women, children, and people with disabilities or HIV/AIDS-affected households.
The Kyeema Foundation was established in 2003 by a team of veterinary and agricultural scientists who wanted to utilize the Newcastle disease vaccine to help alleviate life in the developing countries. The late Peter Spradbrow, the organization’s founding member, created the heat-resistant vaccine at University of Queensland’s School of Veterinary Science.
“Kyeema” is an Australian Aboriginal word which means “of the dawn,” which captures their organization’s vision and the feeling of empowerment a person can experience at the beginning of a new day. The organization believes that empowerment is about “building human resilience and regenerating environmental resources” and “understanding one’s aspiration for prosperity and taking that journey using local solutions with like-minded partners.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]