Smallholder Goat Farmers organise to form Cooperative Union.
It all started as a humble goat revolving project implemented by RAMBIA with support from One Percent Fund for Development. Smallholder goat farmers in the Rwenzori Mountain areas of Bunyangabu and Kabarole Districts are organising themselves into a Goat Farmers Society with the aim of linking mallholder producer groups and individuals to more profitable and higher value markets. These smallholders have harbored the idea since the early 2000’s when a few women groups started rearing goats donated by Kabarole Research and Resource Centre. Later in 2014, RAMBIA lobbied for further support from FAO and more 50 women were given goats as a revolving project to benefit 150 poor women. Several years down the road, these farmers seem not to have lost sight and are now looking forward to registering a cooperative society. They are so far pooling resources to invest into breed improvement. With the leadership of RAMBIA, these farmers are being linked to other goat farmers producer movements like U-Goats spear-headed by JOY Goat Development Programme.