Summer 2014 Collaborative Goat Project Update

Livestock can make important contributions to the farming systems, livelihoods and welfare of smallholder farmers. Sustaining livelihoods and local food security initiatives of local communities in the Hinche region, and to support local groups’ efforts in advocating for collaborative livestock raising that would foster economic empower of farmers and rural development. OSDPC has personally viewed the several benefits of this initiative by talk to not only male farmers, but women alike. During the month of July, Paulette Paul made a special visit to the area to not only review the on-going program, but to speak to the various women farmers among which several are mothers. He visit was to personally talk to mothers to educate and embrace the idea that this project is more than economic enhancement, but nutritional as well. One of the transitional values of this project from pilot stage has been to increase the amount of milk consumed by children, and hence, to improve their nutritional status. According to the National Association of Child Development, goat’s milk is one of the “best tonics available” because of its chemical properties and composition, “containing all 16 vital elements and in quantities closely paralleling that of the human body.” Goat’s milk requires the same attention to cleanliness as any other milk—but is much more easily digestible than cow’s milk. This makes it ideal for people who experience lactose intolerance, especially pregnant women, for whom adequate nutrition is critical.