Filtered by: Livestock <Back to previous page A day in the life of a Community-Based Animal Health WorkerBeing part of a pastoralist community, I realised our animals were suffering due to limited access to veterinary services. The veterinary department is based in Marsabit, which means that the animal owners have to travel there and ask the department to send out staff. By the time help arrives, the animals have often died. Animal loan schemesIn the last decade, animal loan or ‘pass-on’ schemes have been started all over the world. Usually an animal is given to a chosen beneficiary by an organisation, government body or church, with an agreement that a number of its offspring will be passed on to others in the community or back to the scheme organisers to start a new project. Animal loan schemes advice from around the worldAs you can see by our feature on animal loan schemes, running an animal loan scheme can be a rewarding but challenging experience. So to help you, Footsteps asked five organisations across the world to share their experiences with our readers. Many thanks to the following Tearfund partners. Bible study: God's care for all of creationThere is no doubt that God’s overarching intention is to redeem his creation; a creation that he declared to be wholly good (see Genesis 1:12, 21, 25, 31). Creation and new creation dominate the beginning and the end of the storyline we see in the Bible, starting in Genesis and ending in the Book of Revelation. Can markets help build resilience of pastoralists against drought?In Kenya, pastoralists’ communities live in some of the harshest environments and their livelihoods have been severely hit by recurring droughts. Dorothea the Dairy Cow: Livestock on the airwavesThe following script is designed to be a radio play. It discusses the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene when working with cattle in a dairy. It uses an element of mystery to catch and hold the listener’s attention. Five survival strategies for drought-affected livestock herders in East AfricaFor many people in East Africa, the current drought is the worst in living memory. Pastoralists have been hit particularly hard by this drought,… Keeping the soil coveredHow to balance the needs of crops, livestock and the environment LettersManaging an orphanage and a library Thank you very much for the copies of Footsteps magazine that you have kept on sending me. These have been very helpful to me as they have been serving as the source of the vital information that I need. Livestock in emergenciesby Cathy Watson, LEGS Coordinator Many millions of people around the world depend on livestock to support their families. These livestock can be the cattle, camels, sheep and goats that make up the pastoralist herds in sub-Saharan Africa. Livestock: a blessing or a burden?by Dr Nigel Poole Not everyone agrees on what role livestock should play in development today. Let’s think about some of the evidence to help us answer the question of whether livestock are a blessing or a burden. Resources CTA Publications Spore is a regular magazine produced by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The CTA focuses on the… Review of Footsteps 110: Farming for the FutureThis feels like a timely edition of Footsteps magazine. And a great one to kick off the crucial decade ahead of us. The effects of climate change are… Sustainable farming helps family face climate change in EthiopiaIn recent years, climate change has meant Abebech* and her husband have faced some hard times. They are farmers in the village of Offa Esho Kebele in… Urban goat-keepingby Moses Kamau Wanjiru Our goat-keeping project was based in Nairobi’s informal settlements of Korogocho, Kibera, Kariobangi and Kawangware. The most important benefits of keeping goats were the milk and the manure they produced. Value chains in KenyaRead how Farm Concern International helped farmers in Kenya to boost their profits. Zoonosis: how animal diseases can become human diseasesby Dr Sally Best A zoonosis is a disease or infection that is naturally transmitted between animals and humans. Zoonoses cause serious public health problems and often particularly affect poor communities.