Cows for Family Farms

ABCD explored ways to support the small, subsistence farmers on the plots of land where they can grow vegetables, bananas and sometimes coffee plants. They also raise livestock such as cows, goats, and chickens.

Three ABCD families were chosen to receive cows based on their capacity to provide adequate food, shelter and medical care. After the first year the family is responsible for all maintenance of the cow. The cows are delivered pregnant and is the custom that the calves will go to other families and so the cycle of community sharing continues.

The cows will also give milk and this provides another source of food and income for the families because surplus milk is sold to the local milk coop. Twice a day the mamas, sometimes helped by the children, have to feed the cows (banana leaves and stalks, grass). Often they have to forage quite far from their small farms to find food. ABCD continues to explore avenues to help the farmers maximize the profit from their livestock.