Send a Cow has been working in partnership with families in rural Africa for 34 years to grow enough to fight hunger and poverty.
The story so far
The civil war in Uganda leaves thousands of widowed women farmers struggling to feed their families after livestock are slaughtered by soldiers
A group of West Country farmers meet around a kitchen table to discuss how their livestock might help with malnutrition in Africa
Bishop Livingstone Nkoyoyo meets the two English farmers visiting Uganda and introduces them to 10 smallholder women farmers in Mukono District
59 cows are sent from Gatwick to Uganda
Livestock to be gifted is sourced within Africa for the first time
Peer farmer training is introduced to create a ripple effect aspect to our work
Send a Cow now works in 6 countries
We reach a total of 1 million people with our life-changing tools and training
Covid-19 hits farming families hard. Send a Cow supporters respond generously to our appeals and staff work hard to mitigate the effects of the pandemic
Bold new plan launches to help reach 5 million more people by 2030
With your help, we've been able to work alongside 2.5 million people across rural Africa.
Our Dawuro project enabled families to eat three meals a day – up from two
98% of families in our projects in Busia and Bugoma are food secure (up from 6%); 75% have doubled the number of food types they eat each day (from three to six)
30,000 trees were planted in one year by farming communities we worked alongside
74% of our project participants who were marginalised, now feel included and empowered and able to access resources
Our Gender and Nutrition Centred Agriculture project helped family food security to rise from 15% to 76%
Confidence levels of project participants increased from 57% to 77% and daily household income from USD 0.3 to USD 3.40
Our 2030 Plan
From the 31 May 2022, Send a Cow will become Ripple Effect. We will still be working alongside families to transform their lives and the planet, but we’ll be growing our life-changing programmes to reach a further 5 million people by 2030.
Our history and our name are important parts of who we are today. But we must recognise the need for change. Our new name emphasises that the impact of our work is always felt far beyond where it starts, and that for every farmer we reach, many more benefit; that’s something we are incredibly proud of.
The Ripple Effect
For every family we work with, three more families will benefit. As they learn more, grow more and sell more, the benefits are shared with their families, neighbours and communities who then do the same.
Our approach is efficient, effective and builds a momentum that spreads far beyond our programmes. Ripple Effect creates a wave of change in rural Africa.
The Future Starts Here
It starts with Eunice
When we bring farmers together to learn practical ways to grow themselves out of poverty.
Currently, I have a tree nursery and sell seedlings in my local community. I plant trees to improve my environment, to grow fruit and also to feed my animals. I will tell everyone to plant plenty of trees as they are so important to humans, for our land, our animals and for income.
It starts with Isaac
When our Project Facilitators work tirelessly to train farmers to be climate-positive farming experts.
It starts with Sarah
When our supporters take action, standing alongside families fighting the climate crisis.
It starts with Jackie
When individuals fundraise in their communities.
It starts with Guy
When a business becomes a valued partner.
Farmers listen to other farmers, not academics or NGOs. Whether in Uganda, Ethiopia or the UK, the best (perhaps the only) way to improve farming practice is to show another farmer like them making it work on a farm like theirs; each farmer starting a ripple effect of learning and improvement. The sustainable farming Ripple Effect (formerly Send a Cow) have developed and spread through peer farmer trainers in Uganda is the most inspiring I have seen; this is the future of socially and environmentally sustainable agriculture.
It starts with David
When a founding farmer has a vision to make a difference.
And the ripple effect can start with you.
Join us for 'Send a Cow Talks: Beyond the Cow'
Wednesday 25 May 2022, 5pm - 6pm
Learn more about our 2030 plan to reach 5 million more people with our life-changing, sustainable solutions to hunger and how changing our name will help.
We would love to hear your thoughts on our new 2030 plan and Ripple Effect name. Please send any feedback to:
Tel: 01225 874 222
Ripple Effect UK
The Old Estate Yard
Newton St Loe
Ripple Effect is the trading name of Send a Cow. It is a charity registered in England and Wales (299717) and Scotland (SC049792) which is a company limited by guarantee (02290024). Registered office is at The Old Estate Yard, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BR.