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Farm Africa started by providing goats on credit to poor families. One of their goat's kids was returned to Farm Africa and given to another family. Farm Africa started by providing goats on credit to poor families. One of their goat's kids was returned to Farm Africa and given to another family.

In 1985 Sir Michael Wood and David Campbell, shared a vision of a prosperous rural Africa and established Farm Africa in response to the famine in Ethiopia. Farm Africa USA Inc was subsequently set up in 1998.

Wood and Campbell, identifying that food is the best medicine, believed that developing small-scale agriculture was the key to reducing rural poverty in Africa.

Farm Africa started work in 1987 with nomadic pastoralists in Kenya's remote north, expanding the following year to Ethiopia.

Healthy goats

Initially Farm Africa focused on helping extremely poor widows and their children by providing goats on credit – one of their goat's kids was returned to Farm Africa and given to another family.

Access to veterinary services ensured the goats were healthy and produced plenty of nutritious milk. This success led to other similar projects in Kenya and Tanzania.

We focus our work on eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. We operate today in the world’s newest country, South Sudan, along with Uganda, as well as continuing our programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

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