KRC promotes dietary diversification through rearing of small ruminants at household level to enable lactating and pregnant mothers produce adequate nutritious food and generate income with an aim of ensuring a planned transition of refugees from relief aid to resilient production.
The promotion of small ruminant keeping is part and parcel of a nutrition project implemented by KRC in partnership with Save the Children International (SCI) in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement. The project aims at preventing stunting and all other forms of malnutrition during the first 1000 days of life through the implementation of Maternal Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) program targeting Pregnant and lactating women and children aged 6 to 23 months.
In the month of July 2021, KRC distributed 140 rabbits and Guinea pig to 34 care groups in Byabakora Zone to enable them start their animal enterprises. One male and four female guinea pigs were distributed to groups that selected, whereas one male and 3 female rabbits were allocated to groups that preferred rabbits. Each group consists of 1 care group volunteer and his or her neighbor members. The distribution of animals was done after training the beneficiary groups on the care practices for the animals.
The Care group volunteers committed to look after the animals well following the advice from the KRC Extension Worker and Nutrition Technical team. They also asserted that when the guinea pigs and rabbit produce their young ones, they would distribute the young ones amongst themselves and that when they multiply, they would eat some to get the nutrients and sell off the surplus for generation of income.
Small ruminants, like rabbits and guinea pigs are low-cost investments for poor households, have rapid growth rate, eat a variety of plants, require less labor input, and yet have higher multiplier effect on economic returns and produce highly nutritious meat with low fat and cholesterol.
KRC believes that the rabbits and guinea pigs distributed to care groups will highly improve the social-economic and dietary status of care groups thereby achieving one of its objectives which is Building capacity of beneficiary/community structures to transition from relief nutrition assistance to self-reliance through nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions.