On 9th November 2020, the Head of Development Cooperation, Ms. Iris Knabe, handed over several 100 goats to members of various Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA) in the newly created Terego district. The occasion was graced through the presence of the Minister of State for Local Government, Hon. Jennipher Namuyangu.
The activity is part of the agricultural component of the Response to Increased Demand on Government Services and Creation of Economic Opportunities in Uganda (RISE) implemented by GIZ. The main objective of the agricultural component of RISE is to increase the income of refugees and host communities, especially youth and single women, by improving their agricultural production.
RISE supports 200 learning groups, most of which are registered as Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA), in Terego, Adjumani, Moyo, Obongi and Madi Okollo district. 50% of the group members are refugees and 50% are Ugandan nationals. RISE provides training to all groups in good agronomic practices, farming as a business, marketing of agricultural products and financial literacy. RISE supports farmers in production of cash crops and food crops. In addition RISE emphasizes improving animal husbandry as integral part of their extension concept.
Smaller domestic animals like goats, ducks, kroilers and pigs are an important source of protein and important to buffer impact of shocks to the food reserves. The goats are handed over to members of the VSLAs after they were able to build an appropriate shelter. Each member is given a pair of goats (one male and one female) so that the farmer can breed the animals to increase the food security of their household and to get some income from sale of extra offspring to other families.