Leston with sons Cornelius and Misheck
This project (supported by Elanco Animal Health and its employees) has enabled vulnerable rural farm families to enhance their livelihoods and food security through integrated agriculture production, promotion of health and enterprise development in Masaiti, Kalulushi, Mpongwe and Luanshya districts. The project continues to improve participants’ skills and knowledge in integrated agriculture, nutrition, hygiene
and sanitation practices. Local institutions have also adopted these practices through the support of community leaders.
To date, 9,203 families (2,993 more than planned) have been supported with draft and dairy cattle, meat goats, vegetable packs, agroforestry seeds and other interventions. During two Passing on the Gift® (POG) ceremonies, 47 new families received a total of 12 draft cattle, 21 dairy cattle and 140 goats. Chickens, eggs, milk and fish provided families with a variety of animal protein, and families also had access to fresh vegetables.
Furthermore, families are engaged in marketing livestock, livestock products and horticultural produce—especially milk, maize and fresh vegetables. Farmers are now selling 110 pound bags of maize directly to the private sector for about $15, which is approximately $2 more than they received from milling companies or the government through the Food Reserve
Agency. Monthly incomes also improved from livestock and milk sales, allowing 65 families to buy bicycles to transport milk and iron roofing sheets for their homes.
In addition, a total of 790 men and 1,017 women participated in trainings including: Manure Use, Bee Keeping, Human Nutrition, Entrepreneurship, Conservation Farming, Livestock Management, Enterprise Development, Gender Equity and Leadership, Water and Sanitation Practices, Milking Techniques and Hygiene, Group Dynamics and Management, and Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs).
Elanco has, just this month, completed funding of this project. Thanks to Elanco, all its employees and everyone who gave to the project on GlobalGiving.org. Please consider giving to Heifer's other projects on GlobalGiving.org...just search for Heifer. Or visit www.heifer.org for more information about Heifer International and our partners.