Livestock for livelihoods

Economically empowering women. improving diets. BREEDING resilient goats.

 
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SOUTH OMO, ETHIOPIA, AND KARAMOJA, UGANDA, ARE HOME TO THOUSANDS OF PASTORALISTS WHO MIGRATE WITH THEIR GOAT HERDS IN SEARCH OF PASTURE. IN BOTH AREAS, DISEASE, DROUGHT AND DEGRADED GRASSLANDS HAVE CUT THE SIZE OF GOAT HERDS, EXACERBATING HIGH LEVELS OF POVERTY. GOATS ARE OFTEN MANAGED BY WOMEN, AND GOATS’ PRODUCE IS A RICH SOURCE OF NUTRITION. HOWEVER, PASTORALIST WOMEN’S LOW SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, TOGETHER WITH POOR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT NUTRITION, MEANS THAT WOMEN OFTEN STRUGGLE TO TRANSLATE IMPROVED GOAT PRODUCTION INTO IMPROVED CONSUMPTION OF NUTRITIOUS FOODS.

Farm Africa is helping pastoralist women living in South Omo and Karamoja set up sustainable, small-scale goat-rearing enterprises that lift families out of poverty and improve nutrition amongst women and children. This will be achieved by:

  • Establishing 400 local Women’s Livestock Groups, which will provide training in livestock, fodder and watershed management to 10,000 Ugandan and Ethiopian women.

 

 

  • Improving access to livestock by setting up a 7,200 womanstrong revolving goat scheme, which requires each woman who receives two goats from Farm Africa to give two goats to another vulnerable woman once her herd has grown.

  • Teaching women how to add value to their livestock businesses through training in goat breeding, fattening and the production of dairy products.

  • Delivering nutrition training to Ugandan and Ethiopian women, equipping them with practical knowledge about child and maternal nutrition, and the importance of dietary diversity.

  • Setting up Village Saving and Loan Associations, where women unite to save and make funds available to invest in each other’s businesses.

  • Strengthening the business capacity of local vets, breeders and animal healthcare organisations so that they can expand their operations and deliver vital services to pastoralist communities.

This project is funded by UK aid from the UK government.