In the village of Mkwakwa, Eastern Province, the chairperson of the women's cooperative was given rabbits to help boost their production and protect their household incomes against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once they had reproduced, she passed on a male and female to other women, so that they, too could benefit.
Rabbits can reproduce up to eight times a year and have as many as 10 offspring at once and are a high source of protein. Their droppings are used as manure and their urine is treated so that it can be used as fertiliser and pesticide.
The Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) funds were used for the project Covid-19 Smart Livestock Production and Productivity Project (RPSF I) under the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP). The overall goal of the project was to “sustainably build resilience against shocks caused by COVID-19 in livestock production and productivity systems among targeted poor livestock farming households” with the aim to maintain the E-SLIP progress towards its IFAD11 Impact Targets.
Additional RPSF funds were used to scale-up the work and increase the outreach and add complementary activities to the original RPSF work that allowed the sustainability of E-SLIP and RPSF results.
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