Goats for Africa

This year, at St Luke's Church we are collecting funds to enable us to support Farm Africa in their urchase of goats for Women living in Africa.

Why goats? I hear you ask!

1. Goats are well-adapted to harsh African landscapes, as their grazing preferences mean they will feed on weeds, shrubs and other plants that other domestic animals refuse to eat.

2. Goats are small and require less space than larger animals. They also have a shorter reproduction cycle, so it’s easier to rebuild population numbers if they drop after a drought.

3. Goats are easier to work with than large livestock and are cheaper to buy and maintain.

4. They can also be a vital source of income, not just producing meat and milk, but also value-added products such as cheese and butter, which smallholders can sell for bigger profits at market.

5. Goats produce manure that can be used to fertilise crops,which makes them even more useful for smallholder farmers.

6. Goats can also build resilience to climate change – keeping goats alongside other livestock and crop production means that farmers have another stream of income if either their crops or cattle are affected by drought.

7. In two years Farm Africa distributed 1461 female goats and sheep to 487 women farmers in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, who then passed on 1,013 goats to other women in the community once their animals had bred.

8. As part of this project, sales of milk helped to raise incomes by approximately £125 per household in the first year, and this rises each year as goat herds increase in number.

9. Farm Africa also ran a project in the southern provinces of Ethiopia to economically empower rural women. They helped 6,400 women to keep goats and sheep, and increased livestock ownership rates by 57%.

10. Farm Africa helped to provide veterinary support and access to water and animal feed to households in the Afar region of Ethiopia during a recent drought, so that animals could be kept healthy and farming families wouldn’t lose valuable assets.

How much do we need to raise?

The sky's the limit! We'd love to raise as much as we can. If you'd like to contribute please get in touch by email office@stlukesjersey.com or give us a call between 10 and 2 Monday to Friday on 01534 733957

£20 will pay for the training of two African women in building shelters for their animals
£34 buys 1 female goat
£59 buys an improved buck which leads to improved breeding rates
Please help us raise as much as we can - perhaps you'd like to buy your own goat?