In 2022, Taylors of Harrogate partnered up with Kopakama Cooperative to help tackle some of the challenges faced in the farming communities with a new project in which 558 goats were provided to the smallholder farms. The aim of the project is to provide one goat to each family, beginning with the most vulnerable families who own their own land which can be used to grow grass and feed the goats. After 6 months, the goats will produce kids and the first-born female kid from each goat will be gifted to another beneficiary household to ensure the project’s sustainability. This process will continue until all the beneficiaries have received a goat, which we hope will take about 18 months.
Kopakama, along with The Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Board, will also provide training in animal husbandry management practices, nutrition, breeding, housing, and disease control to ensure the goats are healthy and the farming is productive. Our aim is to facilitate goat keeping to help reduce poverty, improve livelihoods and increase agricultural productivity.