Farmers' experiences with rearing pigs, goats and chickens to improve household nutrition and income in Kamuli, Uganda

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2011-01-01
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Ampaire, Agatha
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Max F. Rothschild
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Animal Science
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Animal Science
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A livestock development program was established in Kamuli district, in 2003, as a collaborative effort between Iowa State University and a Ugandan development organization, to improve the income and nutrition of rural farming households. Interviews were conducted with 113 farmers in the program, to assess the impact of the program. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Relationships between variables were confirmed using Chi square tests.

The farmer's objectives and resources dictated the choice of animal species and number of animals reared. Animal prices varied depending on the farmer's need for the money and what the buyer was willing to pay. Farmers rarely slaughtered their animals to eat; they more frequently consumed eggs and milk. Training and facilitation was of advantage to the farmers, but factors, such as the farmers' resources limited their progress. Men and women farmers sometimes experienced the program differently because of factors such as inequality in education, access to information and time use differences.

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