While most farmers in developing countries grow crops, raising livestock is what really moves the needle toward food security and farmer resilience. Collaborating with experts from Iowa State and Makerere University, the center has successfully integrated poultry, pigs and goats into the region’s farming and school activities, NECs and Youth Entrepreneurship Programs.
- Conduct about 175 follow-up farm visits to women, youth, men and the schools every month
- All ages of farmers continue to receive pigs, chickens and goats to help start new farm operations or improve existing ones
- Conduct 3-5 trainings to tens of farmers every month in management, feeding and animal care for all species
Livestock continues to make a real difference in people’s lives in Kamuli District...
A consistent source of both nutrition and income, livestock plays a critical role in advancing the quality of life for Kamuli District families. CSRL’s livestock program leverages Iowa State’s expertise in animal husbandry, agribusiness and extension to help the region’s poorest farmers — mostly women — start and run successful livestock enterprises.
“Livestock provides income, animal-source protein and manure for fertilizer, and are agricultural banks that provide real resilience,” said Max Rothschild, the associate director for livestock programs for CSRL.
While most farmers in developing countries grow crops, livestock is what really moves communities toward long-term food security. Collaborating with experts from Iowa State and Makerere University, CSRL has successfully integrated poultry, pigs, and goats into the region’s farming and school activities. Diversity in farming is the key to sustainability in the Kamuli district.
“If a woman farmer just raises corn, she is in serious trouble when there is a drought. But if she has livestock, she can use it to pay for food, medicine and other necessities,” Rothschild said.
Florence Onyango, a mother from Kiconco, received five hens and two cocks, which have produced many eggs plus 40 additional chickens. Florence has been able to feed eggs to her family and has sold some of the chickens to pay school fees for her children. She’s also been able to buy a goat, and is hoping to increase her goat herd.
Saida Nakiyimba, also from Kicono, has been keeping goats since 2010. While at the Kicono Nutrition Education Center, she received livestock training. In 2017, she received a Mubende buck, chosen because of its tolerance to tick diseases and for its high rate of siring twins and triplets. Saida’s buck has so far produced seven kids. She has sold seven goats and used the income to support her household and to buy a heifer.
While at Namasagali Primary School, Nawaigulo Bayani received three ducks. Now 17, Nawaigulo has sold half of the ducks hatched from her original trio, and, with the help of her parents, purchased a female goat.
In Kisaikye village, Michael Malikwe and his wife Bamwete Doreen received piglets, some materials for construction of a piggery house and a three-month supply of pig feed. Their sow farrowed seven piglets, and by selling some, they were able to buy materials to upgrade their facilities. Because of the distance between their house and a water source, Michael received and installed a 6,000-liter aboveground water tank. Michael’s experience is demonstrating to his neighbors the advantages of this kind of watering system, which, in turn, strengthens and helps sustain their community.
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