Improving Livestock-raising livelihoods
We are working to improve livestock-raising livelihoods of the Fulani people in the following ways:
- Through pasture regeneration and improving cattle fodder resources
- Through setting up schemes to make supplementary cattle fodder more affordable
- By improving cattle health through vaccination parks
- By improving the nutrition of cows to increase milk yields. Milk and butter sales are the primary source of income for women.
- Supporting women’s goat and sheep-raising enterprises and training them in silage making
- Supporting community agreements for cattle passage routes through farmland so that areas are left for pasture and cattle can be moved without conflict.
Cows can double their milk yields if they are given supplementary feed.
A donkey cart costs £145 and transforms the lives of Fulani women. They are invaluable for collecting and transporting cattle fodder from distant areas which are too far away to reach on foot. They are also useful for the collection of grasses women need to weave their houses.
It requires enormous physical effort to collect and carry the materials. Since the arrival of the carts, the women have found that they can transport ten times more grasses in one journey than they can carry themselves by hand.
The annual collection of materials for house-building, can be reduced from 30 to 12 days with a donkey cart. The carts are extremely useful when families have to move once a year to new grazing.
As well as household belongings, children, young animals and chickens can be transported on the carts. It is invaluable for collecting wood for cooking, which can be done once a week, rather than daily, and for collecting and carrying water.
Fulani women are particularly keen to use carts to reach markets in Burkina Faso, to buy and sell food products and vegetables that are unavailable locally. Please consider sponsoring a donkey cart!