They are relatively low-maintenance livestock and do not require much up-front investment or land compared to larger animals. This means goat ownership is suitable for women, who often have less access to land and financial resources than men. Goats can be cared for close to home for those juggling domestic responsibilities.
Although they are small, goats are tough and hardy animals. They offer an excellent alternative source of income that is reliable year-round and can build farmers’ resilience to climate change.
The climate in Niger can be harsh and unpredictable and it’s sometimes impossible for farmers to grow enough crops to feed their children. But goats are well-adapted to arid landscapes and can thrive in variable temperatures during food and water shortages.
Goats can contribute to farmers’ other sources of food and income as their manure can be used to fertilise crops.
Goats’ milk can provide most of the essential nutrients and energy required by growing children. Food insecurity is a major challenge in many rural communities in Niger, which can lead to malnutrition and stunting in children, so access to a rich source of protein such as goats’ milk can improve families’ diets.
What is Muntada Aid Doing?
Goats can help build more secure futures for whole communities. As part of our Livelihoods project, Muntada Aid offers a goat scheme where farmers in rural Niger a set of 5 goats (1 male, 1 female and 3 kid goats) among vulnerable farmers particulary women farmers to help them additional sources of income.