FAO Supplies Over 57,000 Kanyi Goats To Boost Herding Among Cash-strapped Women In 3 States
As part of efforts to invigorate goat herding among cash-strapped and food insecure women, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is distributing more than 57 000 Kanyi goats to about 14 400 families in 2018.
The Kanyi, a local name for Sahel breed of goat, known for its long legs and striking hair often reddish brown, has long been the dominant breed among the women herders of the Lake Chad Basin.
More than 17 000 more goats will be distributed to about 4 400 households until December, 2018 under Norway and EU-funded projects to restore livelihoods in the northeast
FAO Representative in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma, said the livestock programme was geared towards helping women to better access economic opportunities and begin the recovery process.
“We expect that these goat distributions will have a significant impact on households given the productive potential of the mostly female goats distributed. What begins as three female goats and a male, can after a period of one year, transform into a herd of 10, improving the lives of families as a result,” he said.
Since the start of the year, about 40 000 goats have been distributed to an estimated 10 100 households across host communities and camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States thanks to funding from the governments of Germany, Ireland, Sweden and the United States.
However, due to a nine year long insurgency, particularly in northeastern Nigeria, goat ownership has declined along with crop production among livestock owners and farmers.
Households were given a ratio of three females to one male, maximizing the herd’s chances of multiplying. Goats typically have two to three kids per year.
The animals will also help boost the production of milk, consumed traditionally by children and lactating women, and after herds are established, meat for domestic consumption and marketing.
FAO is targeting internally displaced women, residents of host communities and women who have recently returned to their original communities for the distributions. Prior to the insurgency, close to 80 percent of the population of the northeast farmed or reared livestock as their main source of food and income. Now many rely almost exclusively on food assistance.