Raising goats to beat the drought in eastern Kenya

| October 10, 2016

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As we saw this week in our stories from Kenya, Malawi, and Somalia/Uganda, the changing climate is creating challenges for farmers in many parts of Africa. In eastern Kenya, farmers are faced with extended droughts.

Most Kenyan livestock keepers prefer to raise cattle. But with the changing climate, a few small-scale farmers in eastern Kenya have discovered that goat farming is a lucrative substitute for cows.

Goats are hardy animals, especially in dry areas. They don’t eat a lot of fodder, can go for several days on the water in the food they eat, do not require much land, and, if well-managed, gain enough weight to be sold in six months.

This script shows how a small-scale farmer can get a lot of milk and manure, and eventually make money by selling goats.