Addressing Hunger Protects Gorillas
Our protein access projects protect the gorillas by providing families in Africa with food and income so they have an alternative to poaching.
With resources from the Fossey Fund, groups of women widowed by the wars in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have formed community organizations for growing crops and managing animal husbandry. Our program also serves other community groups and families, including a marginalized community around Volcanoes National Park.
Working with communities in Rwanda/Congo
We begin by meeting with community groups to discuss their preferences for protein sources of food, such as protein-producing crops and small mammal husbandry. For example, some groups raise pigs, give some offspring to neighbors and keep and sell the rest. Our protein access program provides them with animals to breed, veterinary care, and training in animal husbandry, humane ways to care for the animals, and how to use animal waste for composting.
The widows’ organization near the Tayna Nature Reserve in the Congo earns enough money from their crops to supply food to an orphanage and provide a small income for more than 240 widows, many of whom are too old to work.
Learn about all the ways that the Fossey Fund saves gorillas by helping people.