All of us are dependent on livestock for different products and services. Whether we live in cities or in rural areas, animals give us so much; from the food that we eat to the clothes that we wear. For many, livestock are also their livelihoods, providing meat, milk, wool and leather, as well as manure for fertilising the land. God created animals to bless us and he even gave Adam the privilege of naming them in the Garden of Eden. But as you will see in this edition, if we are not wise in the way we treat and manage livestock, there can be many problems on both a local and a global level. 

For this edition, we have gathered stories, advice and information from across the world. There is an interview with a community-based animal health worker in Kenya, a centre spread feature on animal loan schemes and an article on how to deal with livestock in emergencies. I hope you also enjoy the Bible Study on caring for creation and the radio play, which you might want to perform in a group. You could even create your own play to communicate a message you think is important.

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  • A day in the life of a Community-Based Animal Health Worker

    Being 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.

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  • Animal loan schemes

    In 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.

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  • Animal loan schemes advice from around the world

    As 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.

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  • Bible study: God's care for all of creation

    There 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.

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  • Letters

    Managing 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.

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  • Livestock in emergencies

    by 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Resources

    CTA Publications Spore is a regular magazine produced by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The CTA focuses on the countries of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, which have a special relationship with the European Union through the Cotonou Agreement. The magazine contains articles relevant to NGOs, government departments and other organisations working in agriculture and rural development in these regions. The electronic version of Spore magazine is accessible to everyone. To receive it, send a blank email to: For more information, visit: CTA also have a range of publications on livestock. These include the popular Agrodoks series which includes technical guides relating to topics such as ‘Donkeys for traction and tillage’, ‘Zoonoses’ and ‘Backyard rabbit keeping in the tropics’; CTA Practical Guides on topics such as ‘Worm control in sheep’ and ‘Rearing dairy goats’ and the Tropical…

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  • Urban goat-keeping

    by 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.

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