Gape Animal Husbandry Grasscutter (Agouti) Project

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Gape Animal Husbandry Grasscutter (Agouti) Project
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Community Name: Gape
Region: Maritime
Country: Togo
Volunteer(s) Name: J. Heacook
Volunteer(s) Homestate: New_Jersey
Affiliate organization: Heifer-Ghana
Funds community contributed: $1600
Year of project approval: 2003
Projects started in Togo 2003 (7).
Akame Girls' Soccer Program, Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage, Datcha School Construction, Djabagbal Primary School Reconstruction, Gape Animal Husbandry Grasscutter (Agouti) Project, Kpele-Akata Women's Development Project, Tchamba Community Basketball Court Construction
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Other Projects in Togo (37).
Akame Girls' Soccer Program, Atakpame HIV/AIDS Murals, Atakpamé HIV/AIDS Run for World AIDS Day, Atakpamé HIV/AIDS Run for World AIDS Day, Babadé Community Library and Children's Study and Recreation Area, Babadé Community Library and Children's Study and Recreation Area, Bafilo Radio Station Project, Camp UNITE 2009, Center for Community Development, Computers for Martin Luther King Jr School in Kpalimé, Computers for Martin Luther King Jr School in Kpalimé, Constructing a Grain Warehouse, Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage, Datcha School Construction, Djabagbal Primary School Reconstruction … further results
State Flag of New Jersey.svgOther Projects by Volunteers from New_Jersey (11).
Pat Burns, Stacy Charles, Community Ambulance, Community Center (El Salvador), Expansion of Elementary School, Gape Animal Husbandry Grasscutter (Agouti) Project, Girls Seconday School Classroom, Richard Hornchek, Household Compost Latrine Project, Latrines, Lebali Group Work Structure and Business Training, Isabella Molloy Polillo, Eileen O'Donnell, Lauren Oleykowski, Preschool … further results
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Info about the Gape Animal Husbandry Grasscutter (Agouti) Project

Under this project thirty two people from Four villages in the Gape area of Togo (Maritime region) will receive direct assistance in the form of grasscutters (agoutis) and initial veterinary and other agricultural input from Heifer-Ghana. This project will train beneficiaries in grasscutter husbandry, environmental protection and the construction of grasscutter pens. The Grasscutter (agouti-similar to a groundhog) which is widely eaten in Togo and other West African countries, has become the most hunted animal in the region. Learning to raise these animals will eliminate some of the bush burning used to hunt them and produce a safer means to access them for food, as well as income production. Though a wild animal, the grasscutter has been successfully bred in captivity. It is a hardy animal, does not easily succumb to disease and does not require much land to be reared. Promotion in resource poor communities will be a good starting point in the fight against hunger, poverty, malnutrition and bushfires. Two representative from each village will go to a training center for a three week course. The new trainers will then return to their villages to begin training others in the village who are interested in raising Agoutis. Each trainer will be provded with a grasscutter breeding unit (3 females and 1 male) and will be requried to pass on the same quantity (also 3 females and 1 male) to others in the village who want to be trained in raising grasscutters and have an acceptable pen in whith to house the animals. Trainers will be provided with material to construct a promer pen and other agricultural essentials. Communities will provide lobor, time and resources, such as straw, sand, bamboo, water and bricks for pens. Peace Corps Volunteers will provide management staff and training,as well as tracking and reporting of implementation results.

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