Poor families in the developing world benefit greatly from the provision of farm animals in many ways.
The animals provided are a lifeline since, as numbers in the flock or herd increase, they can provide a source of food, or can be like a bank account that can be sold to realise funds for medical expenses or school fees.
Milk is a very nutritious substance bringing a vital part of a healthy diet to growing children. Cows browsing on rural pastures can provide milk for the home and for sale, bringing much needed income to a poor family.
The provision of animals:
A local indigenous breed costs £250
A western breed crossed with a local breed costs £750
Goats cost £40/head
Pigs cost £40/head
Chickens cost £5/per head.