Raising goats to beat the drought in eastern Kenya

| February 1, 2016

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This week’s story from Ivory Coast focuses on keeping bees. Our Script of the week focuses on keeping a different kind of creature: goats.

In many parts of Africa, the changing climate is creating challenges for farmers. In eastern Kenya, farmers are faced with extended droughts. Most livestock keepers in the area prefer to raise cattle. But with the changing climate, a few small-scale farmers have recently discovered that goat farming is a lucrative substitute for cows.

Goats are hardy animals, especially in dry areas. They do not consume 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.