Our Mission -To provide sustainable and organic agriculture education and consultation that empowers small farmers to expand crop production in Africa.
We help small-scale farmers improve soil fertility, cut down on their use of commercial fertilizer and pesticides, and form small business groups to pool labor, resources and produce for more efficient local marketing. During the past four years, Go Organic Africa has implemented a broad range of training programs to address the varied needs of the small-scale farming sector.
Go Organic Africa works closely with small farmers living in the Kigezi region of southwestern Uganda, who are raising rabbits for household consumption and sale at local markets.
Why rabbits? Through the pilot-initiatives and experiences of small-farmers, Go Organic Africa has learned several important things about rabbits, which makes them an ideal meat-source for poor families to raise, including that:
1) Rabbits reproduce very quickly – every 30 days, in fact. A breeding female that gives birth to a litter of 5-7 babies can be bred, again, only five days later. An initial stock of 3 rabbits (2 does, 1 male) can grow to 40 rabbits in three month’s time.
2) Rabbits are very inexpensive to raise – a small-farmer needs to only gather local weeds and grasses that are growing in close proximity to the house, or feed them dried kitchen scraps. No expensive inputs necessary.
3) Rabbits are relatively disease-resistant – especially compared to poultry, which easily contract diseases, rabbits – when kept in raised cages that are cleaned daily – carry less risks than other small-livestock.
4) Rabbits can be eaten immediately by households – which is important in consideration of the high numbers of protein deficiency (sometimes leading to malnutrition) amongst children under five in the Kigezi region.
5) Rabbits can be sold on the market for approximately 15,000 Ugandan Shillings (equivalent of $6 US Dollars) – which helps generate small income for poor households.
What are the Next Steps for Go Organic Africa’s Rabbit Project?
Small-farmers have shared with Go Organic Africa that one of the most difficult aspects of selling rabbits is the lack of local markets. A group of youth trained in rabbit keeping by Go Organic Africa has responded to farmers by setting up a rabbit butchery and rabbit meat restaurant in town. Rabbits are being prepared into marketable products i.e roasted meat, sausages, meatballs and steak at the restaurant. This have ensure small-farmers with a guaranteed market to help them generate more income, encourage families to purchase rabbit meat (as an economical and healthy choice) and strengthen local/regional food security.
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