13th International Conference on Goats, Eger, Hungary, September 18-23, 2022
Congress Opening Keynote: The role of goats in the world: farming, society, and rural sustainability
Deadline for abstract submission is May 1, 2022.
Contribution of small ruminants to food security for Ethiopian smallholder farmers
Volume 184, March 2020, 106064
Hiwot Desta Wodajo, Biruk Alemu Gemeda, Wole Kinati, Annet Abenakyo Mulem, Anouka van Eerdewijk, Barbara Wieland
This study investigates how and to what extent arguments related to food security influence preference of livestock species for women and men. Data was collected in four regions of Ethiopia through 92 focus group discussions (FGD) in communities where small ruminant production is common, Using a gender sensitive study designs, 23 FGDs were held separately with men, women and youth (male and female), and through a household survey involving 217 male and 212 women. Qualitative analysis was conducted to extract reasons given to explain the importance of livestock. Reasons related to food security were mapped to the four dimensions underpinning food security—accessibility, availability, nutritional value and stability. All FGDs considered sheep the most important livestock species, followed by cattle, with women allocating higher scores to sheep than men. All four dimensions of food security came up in statements explaining the importance of species but with variations across species. Interestingly, food security related arguments were most prevalent for goats followed by poultry. Of reasons given by women concerning the importance of goats, 78 % were related to food security with all four dimensions represented, and 52 % for poultry with two dimensions (availability and nutritional value). Answers from men especially had a stronger focus on economic reasons directly linked to income generation. Nevertheless, 64 % of men’s arguments for goats were related to food security. For sheep however, women only scored higher for arguments related to availability. When investigating purpose of small ruminant production at household level through a household survey, the importance of small ruminants for food security were confirmed; however, gender differences were less apparent. Being able to sell animals at short notice was the main reason for keeping small ruminants for both women and men followed by meat and milk for home consumption. Women’s argument for prioritizing selling were accessibility. For men, key arguments for selling were related to availability. For meat and milk their nutritional value was an important argument. Comparing agroecologies, accessibility (selling) was ranked top in highland areas and nutritional value (milk) was most important in lowland areas. In conclusion, this study provides much needed evidence on how small ruminants contribute to different dimensions of food security and are promising entry points targeting women to improve food and nutritional security by providing adequate animal source foods in a household.
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Kentaro Kawazoe was one of Japan’s most successful and inspiring goat farmers. Sadly, he passed away in July 2021, leaving his legacy and one of the largest goat farms in Japan. This tribute is to remember him.
His goat story began in 2005 when he studied music composition in Germany. He found goat milk and meat at a grocery store, which he had never seen in Japan. Once he tried them, he was impressed by the tastes. After he came to Japan in 2009, he started working at a local farm cooperative and bought a pair of young goats at home. Kentaro learned a lot about agricultural subsidies in Japan through his job. His mother, Waka, who supported his ambition, also fell in love with goats and mainly took care of kids and sick animals while he was working.
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The ICG2022 Conference offers a wide range of exhibiting and advertising opportunities for institutions and companies interested in goat farming. Our conference offers your organization many convenient and effective ways to get your product and/or service noticed by the attendees.
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