Goat Power explores how the humble goat is transforming the lives of women in some of the poorest areas of East Africa. Panos photographer Chris de Bode teamed up with the international aid agency Farm Africa to tell the story of how goats are empowering women, providing an income and improving nutrition in Ethiopia and Uganda.
About the project
Farm Africa is unlocking the power of goats to transform the lives of pastoralist women and their families in the drylands of South Omo in Ethiopia and Karamoja in Uganda.
The harsh and unpredictable climate in these regions can make it impossible to grow crops and keep livestock healthy. Healthy goats, cross-bred with hardly local varieties, produce kids, milk and meat. The milk can sustain growing children with all the necessary nutrients.
In addition, Farm Africa has trained a network of Community Animal Health Workers who can provide basic veterinary services and Village Saving and Loan Associations allow women to pool money which is then used to pay for veterinary services and provide interest-free loans.