Wednesday, 10 December 2014

On the Third day of Christmas My True Love Sent to Me… Three French Hens #followthefrog

As you may know In September I went to an event with the rainforest Alliance to learn about their #followthefrog campaign, What I learned touched my heart, so I am using my Blog for the entire length of the campaign to help bring awareness to you all. With Christmas coming up, they have written an alternative '12 Days Of Christmas' and it can be found here on their blog
Did you know, chickens play an important role in creating sustainable livelihoods and protecting the environment? Here are three ways that chickens are important to sustainable farming:
1. Chickens are an alternative to bushmeat for food. In West and Central Africa, hunting wild animals, such as chimpanzees and gorillas, for food is commonplace. Bushmeat hunting, as it is known, has become a major threat to biodiversity. In Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia, chickens have become an important part of the work of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), whose mission is to ensure the protection of wild chimpanzees and their natural environment in tropical Africa. The Rainforest Alliance works with WCF to promote sustainable agricultural practices. By encouraging communities to farm chicken and even fish, we can help reduce the hunting of wild animals for bushmeat.

2. Chicken poo is good for growing. Chicken manure can be used as an organic fertiliser. It’s a useful source of nitrogen, the main nutrient that plants need for green, leafy growth. Farmers on Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM farms are encouraged to use organic fertilisers, and to reduce the use of agro-chemicals. By using ‘waste’ products like chicken manure, farmers can reduce the costs associated with fertilising their crops, while also being kind to the environment.

3. Chickens provide women with an income. Poultry raising is often a responsibility taken on by women living in rural communities, playing an important role on smallholder farms. Not only do chickens provide meat and eggs for the family, helping with food security, they can be sold and traded easily for cash or other essential family items. Unlike larger livestock, the daily tasks associated with tending to poultry can be combined with women’s other household responsibilities. The marketing of poultry and poultry products is also under the control of women, with the resulting income theirs to use.

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