Community Farm Project

Key statistics

The Deberety Goat Farm in Emdibir, one of 13 dioceses in the Ethiopian Catholic Church, is approximately 185km southwest of Addis Ababa, can be accessed via a single asphalt road.

of child deaths are linked to malnutrition
(AUD) Gross National Income per capita
of children suffer from stunting

“So, this is a multidimensional benefit when we think of a goat breeding program. For one thing, goat breeding is not uncommon here. There are goats, but only for meat. Many farmers do not know that goat’s milk is available, so to teach that. Second, there are many children with malnutrition. When we asked what was required, we learned it was goat’s milk, especially goat’s milk, which contains essential nutrients for a baby.”

Father Habte
Project Director

Many household farmers in rural Ethiopia have limited resources. Goat rearing is an efficient way to help restore dignity and create sustainable livelihoods for people living in poverty in rural areas. They are multiuse animals, producing milk and meat which can be sold; they are also a low-cost investment, adapt quickly to new environments, and are ideal for small-scale production.

This project aims to develop a goat rearing and breeding program at the Emdibir Farm Centre which will complement and diversify its existing services, boost the farm’s sustainability, and create a hub for acquiring additional skills and knowledge in farming.

This project seeks to increase breeding numbers, and therefore milk and meat production, through goat breeding at the Emdibir Farm Centre.

The farm can be a centre for production with innovative technologies in rearing, housing and processing goats. It will promote dignity and lifelong learning with farmers gaining skills which can be applied in their own farming. The farm is open to farmers of all genders and backgrounds to ensure the greatest possible impact.

The main purpose of this project is to provide the broader community with skills and resources to improve their livelihoods through goat breeding and the sale of by-products.

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Catholic Mission is committed to achieving the SDGs. In working with our partners to develop projects, we consider the SDGs and how each activity might contribute strategically to this shared global vision.

A range of SDGs can be seen being implemented in this project’s planned activities.

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Gender Equality: The Ethiopian Catholic Church Social Development Commission branch office of Emdibir eparchy have long recognized the central role women play in agricultural development. This action ensures that women farmers equally benefit from program interventions by selecting agricultural value chains in which women can actively participate.

In this particular project, gender is taken into account by working to facilitate women’s access to extension advice, credit and inputs for crop and livestock enterprises traditionally carried out by women (including Dairy farming, fattening, vegetable and crop production, and forage development), organizing women into “Women Economic Groups (WEGs), and provide training for women in nutrition education.

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