A farmers group supported by Heifer International in Uganda shares the impact of oxen – in song and dance during a Pass on the Gift ceremony I attended in 2011. The farmers are placed in smaller groups of 4 – each member gets an ox, farming tools, + there is an ox plough (for the group).
At the beginning of the planting season, the group members bring their oxen together to open up the land, a process that would take 6-7 days manually to open an acre was reduced to 3hours.
This allowed for a larger piece of land being planted on, increasing food harvested enough for the family and lots extra for sale. I bought about a kilo of fresh groundnuts.
What I didn’t hear while talking to the farmers though – was a deeper impact that was shared beautifully in this performance . How does this connect back to domestic violence again???? Watch and listen.
Have a happy, healthy, safe and loving 2012