KEDA started their livestock in-kind programme in 1999 to alleviate household poverty by providing poor households with different livestock to act as an additional income source through the sale of offspring and animal produce such as eggs and dairy produce. All of KEDA’s livestock distribution projects operate under a ‘pass-on scheme’ whereby in exchange for receiving livestock each recipient household must ‘pass-on’ a set number of offspring to other poor households in their community.
All of KEDA’s livestock distribution projects are overseen by locally formed livestock committees. Many of these committees consist of the initial beneficiaries when KEDA first began to distribute livestock are responsible for many aspects of KEDA’s livestock projects such as:
- Overseeing the distribution of passed-on livestock and ensuring that the most disadvantage members of the community benefit from this programme.
- Overseeing the breeding of large livestock such as dairy goats to ensure that in-breeding does not occur.
- One member of every committee is trained as a ‘paravet’ and provides veterinary assistance to recipient households