PreParing to climate Proof - Send a Cow

Instead it is an attempt to systematically scope and screen the main impacts that the organisation is having on its local, national, and international environments. It is also an attempt to put in place both the foundations on which further data may be collected to form a more in-depth answer – and the policies to ensure that any ...
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Preparing to climate proof The next challenge for Africa’s rural poor

Send a Cow The Old Estate Yard, Newton St Loe Bath, BA2 9BR Registered charity number: 299717 Tel: 01225 874 222 [email protected]

To find out more about Send a Cow’s work, to discuss the findings of this report in more detail, or for a copy of the Environmental Monitoring Plan Recommendations and suggested baseline indicators not included within this report, please contact: Martin Long, Head of Programmes on : 01225 874 222.

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The Foundation Series: ‘Passing On’ learning

Contents: The Foundation Series: Introduction


Executive summary


A role model: Building the foundations


The research: The study area


The research: Environmental impact


The research: Carbon scorecard


Conclusion: A step closer to climate proofing?


Recommendations: Next steps


background: Why farmers make good development workers Never tell a young person that something can not be done. God may have been waiting for centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that thing. Dr J A Holmes In 1988 a group of dairy farmers sent a plane load of pregnant heifers from the UK to Uganda. At the time, Uganda was emerging from a long civil war. Communities and farmland had been destroyed, and livestock slaughtered. Meanwhile, in the UK, EU milk quotas meant heavy fines for farmers producing too much milk. The UK farmers responded in the only way they knew how – by finding a practical solution. By sending cows to Uganda, rather than the UK abattoirs, they could humanely reduce their own herds whilst providing communities in Uganda with a much needed lifeline. Within a very short time families had access to milk, manure and money. But handing over ‘exotic’ cows directly to poor African families was something no other UK charity had ever done before, and it didn’t come without controversy. What the sceptics at the time did not realise was that the farmers had done their research. They had seen dairy projects, involving European cattle, thrive in Tanzania. They had forged strong allegiances with Ugandan livestock and agriculture

Authors: Richie Alford and Simon Penney Editor: Kirstine Dunhill Design: Cover photo: Graham Quar

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professionals – many of whom continue to work with Send a Cow today. And they actively embraced the tradition of livestock ownership and local practices of reuse and rejuvenation: modernising them with pioneering knowledge of animal wellbeing practices and organic agricultural systems suitable to an increasingly harsh climate and ever decreasing land sizes. Using farming language Send a Cow was able to quickly forge strong links with communities and work with them to develop an approach that combined the best of African and British farming knowledge – and to continue to work with them to adapt that approach to new countries, terrains and communities. The result today is a programme that effectively balances the needs of African people, their livestock and the environment. As Send a Cow plans for its next 20 years, it is looking at ways to continue to develop and refine its approach – particularly important in the face of climate change. The Foundation Series is an essential part of this process.

The Foundation Series: ‘Passing On’ learning



Preparing to climate proof:

What is the Foundation Series?

The next challenge for Africa’s rural poor

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