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Title

Community Rabbit-Rearing Project

Purpose and Approach

With global climate change affecting the farming seasons and production of crops, it is very difficult for farming communities to depend solely on their harvest of goods for sustenance and additional income. Because their family farms are not as profitable as in the past, many of the Bagurugu community members are looking for outside sources of providing for their homes. They, however, are lacking severely in business skills needed for expanding any sort of operation above the informal level.

The intention of the project is two-fold: to increase the general income of the participating members, but more importantly, to better equip the participants to expand their business of rabbit rearing and/or move on to other projects in which they can transfer the knowledge gained during this experience.

Younger members of the community are the target group for this project, as they are less likely to have commitments to family members and any work outside the main family farm. They are also extremely open to new and unproven business ventures. The youth that have been chosen to participate are ones with an expressed interest of a future in business and they are willing to invest their time and efforts into raising rabbits as a means of income generation. They are also able to see their participation in this project as a means of gaining useful knowledge they hope to soon practice as they enter the workforce.


Objective

  1. Increase the awareness of basic business principles to community youth.
    1. Teach the participants to keep accurate records including (but not limited to): animal births & deaths, sales records, receipts and future budgets based on profit projections
  2. Increase and sustain the desire for means of alternative livelihood among all community members.
    1. To be 'successful' in the rabbit venture so that other community members might see the profits and be more willing to fund their own ventures into alternative livelihood practices.

Action Plan

The project will commence with a small informational session provided by a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture (Tamale). He will give the participants basic information on rabbit rearing and the management of the animals. During this phase, a carpenter will be working on ten hutches (three separate compartments). Once the hutches are complete, each participant will take one to his or her house where they will be given a buck and a doe rabbit that will immediately begin mating. After the offspring are born, the participants will keep accurate and detailed records of their births and deaths as well as their sale or consumption by the family. The participants are also expected to donate at least one male and one female rabbit in the future to other community members interested in starting their own business.

  1. Capacity-building meeting with a representative from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
  2. Purchase hutch building materials.
  3. Construction of the hutches.
  4. Introduction of rabbits to hutches and conjugal visits (the mating of rabbits).
  5. Training on record keeping and sale of rabbits.

Budget

Currency Exchange Rate: 1.41 Ghana Cedis = 1.00 US Dollars

Community Contribution
Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Workshop food and drink 13 people 1.5 19.50 13.83
Material storage 4 days 10 40 28.37
Speaking fee for Ministry of Food and Agriculture representative 1 35 35 24.82
Construction labor of hutches (non-carpentry) 40 hours 1.50/hour 60 42.55
Transportation of hutches from building site to community 10 trips 3 30 21.28
Food and water for laborers 60 people 1 60 42.55
Baby litter boxes 20 1 20 14.18
Project notebooks 10 2.50 25 17.73
Transport of rabbits from purchase site to community 10 litters 6 60 42.55
Total 349.50 247.86


Partnership Contribution
Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
1" x 3" x 15' timber 130 planks 3 390 276.60
Aluminum sheets 15 7 105 74.47
Chicken wire 23 square yards 2.50 57.50 40.78
1.5" nails 7 pounds 1 7 4.96
Lock latches 30 0.70 21 14.89
Hinges 30 pairs 1 30 21.28
Padlocks 30 1 30 21.28
Rabbits 20 10 200 141.84
Transportation of materials (from timber yard to community) 1 trip 34 34 24.11
Construction of hutches 10 15 150 106.38
Total 1,024.50 726.59


Total Project Cost
 % Contribution Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Community Contribution 25 349.50 247.86
Partnership Contribution 75 1,024.50 726.59
Total Project Cost 1,374 974.45

Additional PC Resources

Rabbit-rearing Manual (IRC library)

Project Reflection and Sustainability

Each of the participants will be required to keep a written record of their rabbits' births and deaths, as well as the sales and the family consumption. They will also keep a journal to track the finances with regards to the revenue and expenditure of the rabbit project. This will teach them the importance of finding a pattern and detecting connections between sales and the time of year, in addition to seeing a direct correlation between their input and the monetary gain they will be making. The records will be checked by the PCV or the counterpart weekly, beginning with the commencement of the project.