About Send a Cow

Farming

Smallholder farming is the backbone of Africa: nearly 70% of people rely on the land to feed their families and make a living. However, poverty has seen traditional farming knowledge lost, forgotten or replaced with more intensive technologies. Climate change challenges all forms of production. Too many families find that no matter how hard they work, they cannot make ends meet.

Send a Cow trains farmers innovative farming techniques to boost production while working in harmony with the environment. The result is a sustainable, thriving farming business resilient enough to survive drought and hardship. Successful farms not only provide food and income for the families that own them, but offer employment and nutritious food for local people too.

1. Tip tap
A simple structure made from readily available materials, allowing families to wash their hands when there is no running water.
2. Pit latrine

Many families we work with don't have a toilet. We equip them with the skills to build simple yet clean and safe latrines near their homes.

3. Gender Training

We believe that in order for families and communities to reach their potential and eliminate food insecurity, both men and women must play an equal role in running the household and farming the land.

4. Drying rack
Drying racks ensure crockery is dried properly to improve hygiene.
5. Keyhole garden

A circular raised bed (which looks like a keyhole from above) that has a central basket where compostable waste and used water is placed - the nutrients then seep into the surrounding bed, making the soil more fertile.

6. Mandala garden

A round garden used on small plots of land, usually with shallow or compacted soil. They are often found on a slope to capture rainwater runoff. The circular design makes them easy to move through without stepping on crops.

7. Raised veg beds

Raised beds provide good drainage in heavy rains and also offer easy access for less mobile farmers.

8. Bag garden

A sack filled with a mixture of soil and compost with a pillar of stones down the middle. Holes are cut into the sides and different vegetables can be grown in the top and down the sides of the bag - perfect on small plots of land.

9. Livestock management
We train farmers in animal husbandry, nutrition and veterinary care to make sure livestock are treated as one of the family.
10. Composting

Farmers are trained to use manure and other green waste to make compost, which is then used to enrich the soil.

11. Inter cropping

Growing two or more crops together can help suppress weeds; combat diseases and pests and improve the soil structure.

12. Bulk grain storage

Storing surplus crops can provide food for families through hungry months when less food is being produced.

13. Selling surplus produce

Once farmers have enough food to feed their families, they can sell the surplus at market for an income.