Elderly woman, Kenya (photo on Flickr by Curt Carnemark / World Bank).
‘. . . “For pastoral families, livestock is their life. If they lose their animals, they have no way of feeding their families, and they’ll need food aid to survive. And even once the crisis passes, if their livestock have died, they’ll have nothing left, no way to earn an income,” said Barbara Jackson, CARE International Humanitarian Director. “Saving livestock and livelihoods today will help families to cope with this immediate crisis, and help prevent them from becoming dependent on humanitarian assistance in the long term. . . .
‘In parts of Ethiopia, surviving cattle are too emaciated to give milk or to sell on the market. Some people migrate as far as 400 kilometres in search of water and pasture, putting pressure on the remaining grazing grounds. CARE, in close collaboration with the local government, opened 21 destocking sites to recover some value from emaciated and unproductive animals that would otherwise die and to prevent conflict that might arise from competition around scarce pasture grounds.
‘CARE pays cattle owners 800 Birr (47 USD) per head of cattle, and provides hay and supplementary animal feed to save the lives of remaining cattle. Under supervision from official food inspectors, the meat from the slaughtered animals then goes to vulnerable families suffering from the food crisis. . . .’
Read the whole article at AlertNet: Saving cattle can save lives in drought-stricken Africa, 29 Jul 2011.