I've noticed that many charities have ways of donating chickens &/or goats to the impoverished in other countries. But, does this actually help?
I mean, I have a flock of ducks. I have to buy a lot of feed. I barely break even, if that. I have five acres of lush greenery. It seems the story is much the same for many of us First World people when we try to raise small livestock. So, when we give people in other countries a goat or chicken, does it actually help them, or just give them another mouth to feed? If it does help them, then why is it that they can raise goats and chickens and have their state of living improved, yet we struggle so much here in First World countries just to break even?
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 2 years ago
Back to your original question, I do believe that it helps these people.
Goats forage on plants that humans won't eat, on land that cannot be cultivated.
Chickens do likewise, plus eat a lot of insects, grains found on the ground, and kitchen scraps.
Even chickens that are commercially grown are 'thrifty'.
Four pounds of feed will produce a dozen eggs (3 1/2 pounds with white Leghorns).
Chicken eggs are one of the cheapest forms of animal protein, especially if they can forage for themselves.
Most poor people are unable to afford proteins.
These animals provide about their only hope of providing protein to their children.
Yeah, that was kind of what I'm worried about . I mean, goats cause mass-destruction where I live, and we have a LOT of greenery for them to eat, and usually can afford to fence them. How much land do these impoverished have? How much time and calories will they expend either herding a goat or trying to make fencing for it? In arid regions, I have to imagine there's even less for the goats to eat than there is here, and they'd have to keep impregnating the goat somehow to keep the milk flowing, so they'd have to at least be feeding a Mama and kid
Johns point about animals providing protein is a really good point. And, milk or eggs can also prove to be trade items to help bring someone out of poverty. But, does it outweigh the downsides, or are the better ways to help?
Thinking of better ways to help, are there good permaculture charities that teach people how to farm in a ecologically sustainable way?