With the onset of a devastating drought in 2005, survival became especially difficult for pastoral families. Most of their wealth & livelihoods lies in the flocks of cows, sheep & goats that they tend in the Sahara desert. Restocking animals is an important strategy to help pastoral households & communities build up sustainable income and food supplies. The project targets pastoral families who have lost their livestock & have suffered through months of chronic hunger & thirst.
With a local partner, RI is organizing Livestock Fairs in 12 villages to provide animals to the poverty-stricken Nigerian households as well as to train animal health workers in each village. All profits are kept within the communities.
The project provides individual pastoral households and ultimately whole communitites the livestock to sustain their livelihoods and secure their food source. It will boost & integrate the communities' economies to benefit the entire country.