All of us at Send a Cow are deeply concerned by the current famine in east Africa. We applaud the efforts of the Disasters Emergency Committee, and the generosity of the British people in enabling its life-saving work.

Send a Cow works with farming families close to the famine-hit areas of Ethiopia and Kenya. Such families suffer regular food shortages, but are not among those worst affected by the current acute famine.

Our approachAbebe and his wife with cabbages

Disaster relief is beyond our remit. But recent independent research found our work helps farmers build their resilience to the effects of climate change such as drought. This helps them break free from poverty and hunger.

Send a Cow Ethiopia Country Director Aklilu Dogisso says:

“Currently, Ethiopia is suffering from drought caused by the La Nina effect.

Smallholder farming families in our projects are much better off with regards to resilience to the current climate change-induced drought. They have better income, savings, assets, and supportive social networks. They also have hope and a vision of how to break free from poverty and hunger.”

Our impact

In our projects, families learn how to optimise all their resources to build Joseph in a fieldsustainable, resilient farms. Agricultural techniques such as water harvesting, mulching and composting enable them to keep growing food throughout dry spells.

By diversifying their income streams and saving money, they have a cushion to help them survive crises such as drought. And all farmers we support are members of self-help groups, who rally round to support members during tough times.

In western Kenya, recent research shows that families in our projects were hungry for four months every year before working with us. Afterwards, that had dropped to just two weeks. Kenya Country Director Titus Sagala explains our approach in more detail:

Our core model delivers sustainable community based development projects with smallholder farmers, focusing on farm systems and gender equity rather than relief.

Our point of difference remains our social development work, ensuring that we not only help communities out of poverty but equip them with the ability to survive climate shocks and compete in local markets.

It is one thing to give a rural community the means to farm productively, or to encourage them to develop enterprises. But when this is underpinned with a clear vision of hope for their family and a cohesive, supportive community, the results are far more powerful.

If you would like to help more families protect themselves from famine and drought, you can support our new Kakrao project in western Kenya.

Thank you!