In the framework of the Eco-Ilhas project, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), ICEI (in partnership with WWF Italia) carries out a number of activities in agri-silviculture, pastoral and fishing management.
The project aims to protect the food resources of the inhabitants of the protected area of Ilhas Primeiras and Segundas (Pebane – Zambezia province, Mozambique) and to preserve the biodiversity of their local ecosystems.
Currently, the second year of project activities is in progress and we are also implementing goat breeding actions. As a matter of fact, at the end of July, we bought 50 units livestock that was delivered to the beneficiaries to allow them to differentiate the breeding activities.
In order to gain greater awareness of the techniques related to the feeding, reproduction and management of these animals, some environmental awareness activities and specific training were also carried out.
In order to provide adequate training for local staff, a Zootechnian Consultant from the Economic Activities District has been involved in the training activities. The technician, along with the staff of the organizations involved, has held a training course involving 42 people: 38 beneficiaries and 4 community animators.
The first lessons mainly concerned some theoretical aspects, and practical exercises were subsequently implemented.
From a technical point of view, the focus was on the following topics: livestock breeding and reproduction techniques, management for pregnant animals and puppies care.
Practical exercises, on the other hand, mainly concerned demonstrations to teach beneficiaries involved on how to select and classify animals according to their age or to identify possible symptoms potentially related to illnesses onset. In addition, some sessions were related to hay production activities, self-production of animal feed and the construction of suitable corrals and fodders.
Besides that, during the activities, the reinforcement of four Community stables has been completed, including some adding spaces dedicated to quarantine and take care of sick animals.
In addition, upon completion of the activities, a technical manual was provided on the topics covered during the training sessions.
As reported by the consultant of the District of Economic Activities, the training activities have seen broad beneficiaries’ participation. Beneficiaries were interested and attentive, recognizing that project training activities can help them and increase the development of their communities.