Draft animals and dogs and diseases
Research reports for "donkeys"
The donkey radio shows: helping producers care for draught animals
In Kenya, weekly radio programmes have helped listeners to keep their precious donkeys healthy. Donkeys are a useful source of draught power, and poor families need to learn how to ensure that they stay healthy and have long working lives. Broadcasting to isolated rural communities also gave listeners the opportunity to ask specific questions about their own animals. And, recording the shows on CD-ROM provided a useful set of information that is being used around the world. The project outputs are already benefiting users in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya. And to ensure that this very useful exercise can be reproduced in other countries, the project has produced a booklet explaining how to set up a radio show that will improve animal welfare. (Ref: LPP11)
Simple transport solutions cut drudgery and improve livelihoods
In Uganda, Intermediate Means of Transport (IMTs) -such as pack animals and ox and donkey carts - are lessening rural women’s burden by helping to move crops, water and firewood. Previously, women covered their transport needs by head-loading, carrying heavy bundles from the field to the homestead and from there to the market. The use of oxen for ploughing is also enabling farmers to pay back quickly the loans they take out to purchase draught animals and carts. At the community level, IMTs are being used to haul building materials for community centres, schools, and churches. The Uganda Transport Forum Group has helped to spread the use of IMTs, coordinating project activities among farmer groups, intermediary organisations and international research institutes. (Ref: CPH27)