Gifts in action

Charity Gifts for growing a living, chickens and farming

Choosing a gift from the World Gifts Livestock, Agriculture and Livelihoods Fund can give people the skills, tools and  animals they need to improve their standard of living.

 In Tanzania, your gifts of Chirpy chickens have been directly helping families for years, producing eggs  for families to eat or sell and giving farming communities there the chance of a better future.

 Winfreda lives with her husband and nine children in the Tanzanian countryside. In 2009 she started  keeping chickens to help boost her family’s income. With our support she received two chickens,  along with training in how to build a coop and care for them. Many chickens later, business is growing:  Winfreda can now pay school fees for three of her children and make sure her family has enough food  to eat.

“The best thing now is that there is not hunger in my family” she told us.

In this film Deborah, also from Tanzania, talks about how receiving Chirpy chickens as part of a programme delivered by CAFOD partners has made a real difference to her quality of life:

 See all the World Gifts from our Livestock, Agriculture and Farming Fund


  • Rachel says...

    Hi Juliet, thank you for getting in touch and sharing your concern with us. I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you but, I hope this message can be of some reassurance.
    In our programmes the individuals who receive livestock are identified by the community. The most vulnerable are recognized by the community representatives and local government administrators. The few eggs that the chickens produce are not enough to affect a market, most will be consumed by the family with a few more sold on for profit. Other individuals can also buy chickens from the recipient and improve the quality of their own chicken breed.
    Many farmers in arid countries grow crops, but agriculture relies heavily on rain, and crops often fail due to drought or disease. That’s why rearing livestock is the main way in which communities earn a living in these types of areas. Since their food and water consumption is less, smaller livestock like chickens are not easily affected by drought.
    CAFOD works with local partners on the ground who are very aware of their environment and who train communities on how to best look after their animals. To minimize the risk during drought our partners teach communities about rangeland management and to plant drought resistant fodder. In places where the livelihoods of people are based on livestock, governments and NGOs also provide hay during times of drought until the situation improves.

    On January 05, 2017

  • Juliet Harwood says...

    If you are giving animals to some people in a village, but presumably not to others, how do you make sure that you don’t create resentment and also cause havoc in the local economy? Your stories of such and such a family who have been helped are very nice, but what happens to neighbouring families who haven’t been, and who now face competition at the market from those who have had a leg up from your fund? Or doesn’t it work like that, in which case could you direct me to a less simplistic explanation of your Chirpy Chickens fund? Also, in places where crops fail because of drought, how do people feed their animals? I’ve just been given Chirpy Chickens for Christmas and feel very confused about Cafod’s Livestock, Agriculture and Livelihoods Fund.

    On January 01, 2017

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