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dc.contributor.advisorBarker, David
dc.contributor.advisorLyvers-Peffer, Pasha
dc.creatorKlass, Taylor
dc.description2nd Place in the Social Sciences Category of the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forumen_US
dc.description.abstractMany people in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, own a few dairy cows to provide milk and income for their family. Most of these dairy farmers feed their cows with a system called zero-grazing, where the cows are confined and feed is carried to the cows. This research project evaluated the smallholder dairy system in urban and peri-urban Kampala, Uganda. Several research studies have previously been conducted on specific parts of smallholder, non-grazing dairy farms in Africa. However, this project was unique in the fact that it focused on the urban, smallholder dairy farming system as a whole. The main objectives of this research project were to 1) collect information from 10 urban and peri-urban dairy farmers that could be used to better understand their production systems and 2) identify how farms might be improved to benefit the farmers and their families. Ten farms that use zero-grazing practices to were surveyed. Each survey included five parts: Feed analysis, cow evaluation, milk yields, milk marketing, and miscellaneous. It was found that many of the farmers struggle with the same challenges, which include feed scarcity, herdsmen, vet, and inseminator unreliability, and lack of capital. The dairy cows in Kampala are not getting enough feed, which results in low milk production levels and reduced fertility. Each family interviewed recognized the nutritional importance of the milk they collected and consumed. Where there is lack of good dairy herd management knowledge, education can help. However, the bigger problem for these smallholder farmers is the lack of support and capital to put into practice beneficial management procedures for their cows. This project provided much needed holistic information on the smallholder, urban dairy system in Kampala and showed the small amount of education and empowerment needed to make these farmers more productive and resilient.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOffice of International Affairs (Academic Enrichment Grant)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOffice of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (Holbrook Research Abroad Fellowship)en_US
dc.publisherThe Ohio State Universityen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Ohio State University. Department of Animal Sciences Honors Theses; 2018en_US
dc.subjectInternational Agricultureen_US
dc.subjectSocial Scienceen_US
dc.subjectInternational Researchen_US
dc.subjectFood Securityen_US
dc.subjectSmallholder Farmersen_US
dc.titleAssessment of Smallholder Urban and Peri-Urban Dairy Production with Zero-Grazing Practices in Kampala, Ugandaen_US
dc.description.embargoNo embargoen_US
dc.description.academicmajorAcademic Major: Animal Sciencesen_US
dc.description.academicmajorAcademic Major: Sustainable Plant Systemsen_US

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