Local pastoralist livestock
Training Workshops in Animal Husbandry for Farmer Field Schools
Six training sessions were given for a total of 204 participants of which 50 were women. They took place in December 2008 to January 2009 and were funded by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). They took place in the Lango, Acholi and Teso regions and were three days each for a range of animals (goats, sheep, cattle and pigs in addition to chickens and turkey). The training covers both practical aspects of keeping and caring for the animals as well as the planning of what is in effect a small business. The participants were required to produce an outline action plan for the production and exploitation of their animals. In the evaluation of the training, there was clear appreciation of the workshop. Most valued by participants was what had been learnt about the keeping of the animals, in particular, animal health and disease management and treatment. Participants will manage livestock at local centres and provide extension services to local farmers.
In these traditionally agro-pastoral areas, since the 1980s, local livestock holdings have been decimated by Lords Resistance Army guerrillas and raids by the neighbouring Karimojong pastoralist community. Restoring lost animal husbandry skills and restocking with new livestock are central to rebuilding local livelihoods.
Follow-up Meetings on Animal Husbandry Training Workshops
This took the form of a Training of Trainers follow-up workshop (29 people participated, with one woman only) and field monitoring visits to those who had participated in the original training sessions. This follow up took place in the first half of 2009 and was again funded by the FAO. 38 men and 17 women were visited in ten districts. The former trainees were at a variety of stages in implementing what they had learnt from the training. A significant number were passing on what they had learnt to others in their community. Others were developing their action plans fairly satisfactorily, while some had hardly started. Pens and coops for the animals and birds had in most cases been built. The visits also in some cases highlighted problems with government services at the grassroots.
The visits were valuable in providing encouragement as well as real feedback on the training received. The executive summary of this detailed report can be downloaded by clicking here. (787kb)
Production of a "Training Guide in Animal Husbandry"
The final stage in this activity was the production in 2009 of a training guide, again funded by the FAO. This document was based on the experience of PENHA in the many training exercises it has carried out. It is a very practical guide with information on both the subject of the training (animal husbandry) as well as how to run a workshop and give the training in the most effective ways. A copy can be downloaded from here (532 kb).
The Ankole Long-Horned Cattle
With financial support from HIVOS, PENHA-Uganda, in collaboration with the League for Pastoral Peoples and Indigenous Livestock Development (LPP) and the Local Livestock for Empowerment of Rural People (LIFE) Network, carried out a study documenting the situation with respect to Ankole Long-Horned Cattle. To read about the launch of the report, see the description of the meeting as a pdf by clicking here (1,062 kb). The report itself can be downloaded in English by clicking here (1,477 kb) or in Runyankore by clicking here (1,403 kb).
This study was as a result of PENHA’s participation in a workshop on “Managing Animal Genetic Resources in Africa - Strategies, Priorities, Livestock Keepers’ Rights, and the Way Forward”, held in Ethiopia in May, 2007. During the workshop, we were made aware that Ankole Long-Horned Cattle are among the breeds threatened with extinction. Apart from the social importance of the Ankole Cattle to the local community, it is also important a source of genetic material of particular relevance to cattle in arid areas of the world. For more details, click here.