The progress of the desert and the rain shortage make cattle-raising increasingly difficult. Herds are no longer able to bridge the gap between two rainy seasons. Animals die and starvation sets in.
Thus a partial and progressive switch toward camel-raising seems appropriate.
The camel is more sober, offers better resistance, subsists on more diversified food and manages its water requirements more efficiently. It is moreover polyvalent, producing milk and meat and being an excellent beast of draught.
Our project: we buy young she-camels, which we entrust to the care of Wodaabe stock-breeders. In exchange for this loan, they give us one baby-camel out of two (a type of microcredit).
This formula is fairly close to the "cattle-lending" as it is traditionally praticed among Wodaabe people.
We have bought nineteen of those, eleven of which have already brought forth young.
Our she-camels kept producing milk throughout the dry season, unlike the cows.