Goat for good

Poverty has multiple dimensions and it can be measured by many different ways other than just income. One of them is nutrition. The inequalities in nutrition may put the already poor into a poverty trap.

In that sense, goats make good assets for the poor household.
Cow and its milk is a good means of delivering household income by selling, plus livestock can be an insurance asset which can be sold in the need of quick cash, such as for illness. Above all, the milk produced every day provides nutrient to their diet.

However, not everybody can manage to have a cow. It needs a shed to sleep in and and enough feed to live on. To buy a cow, it costs a fortune for some! Only nutrition considered, it is not smart to have a cow with a budget strain. So let’s have a look at the perfect alternative that provides as good nutrient as a cow(or more!).

I learned from a Girinka programme staff that cows in Rwanda produce about 2 to 2.5L of milk per day and they are improved cows. That’s surprisingly little for rich countries’ standard. Although, it allows me not to worry about the milk production per feed amount between cows and goats.

 
Subsistence farming where farmers produce crops and consume without selling for the profit, is a common type of farming in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main reason of doing so is by and large because the amount of harvested crops are only enough to feed themselves until the next harvest. It can be translated that these farmers have less chances to exchange their crops into other food, thus nutrient gain, through the market since they will not have extra food to sell after using them for their own. 
 
Consequently, subsistence farmers are more likely to be exposed to unbalanced diet since they mostly consume from their small scale farms and do not often purchase more nutrient diverse food, which can result in nutrition disparity.  Goat milk can be a good source of nutrient and an excellent alternative of a cow when it comes to nutrition for subsistence farmers. 


#advantages of goat milk to cow milk, efficient nutrition intake

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Author: Choyoung

An anthropology novice with passion for small things. A development worker in a world of imponderabilia.

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