Mdukatshani, established in 1975 is a non-profit, Non Governmental Orginisation(NGO) based in Weenen/Msinga area of KwaZulu Natal, a province of South Africa.

Mdukatshani’s Projects

Increasing women and youth involvement in livestock and value-adding activities. Prioritizing women-owned livestock and income-generating activities in order to create wealth for the poorest.

Supporting local youth in enhancing value chains leading to commercialisation of local herds.

Promoting personal and homestead health and knowledge transfer in Grade 5 and 6 school children through school clubs.

A craft project using beads, metal wires and local grass to create jewelry and art worksfor the local and international market.

Goat Agribusiness Project

Mdukatshani has set up a Goat Agribusiness pilot Project across the poorest rural municipalities in Kwazulu/Natal

In a four way partnership with the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the National Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs

This projects seeks to increase productivity in  small African goat herds.

This productivity  increase will be supported by youth micro-businesses which will support farmers in basic animal health care as well as feed production and sales.

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Homestead chicken vaccination, and productivity support 

A Chicken Vaccination and Productivity program that supports learning and production improvement among household chicken farmers in over 3000 homes in the Msinga area. This improves food security in these homes and supplements incomes through local sales of these chickens.


Community Animal health Worker program

Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW) are young people who will support farmers in health and production support of their livestock. This creates work opportunities for young people in agriculture and help women headed household owners of stock improve their productivity.


Click here for the CAHW page

Youth schools clubs

Youth clubs at schools learning about human and animal health as well as life skills

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African Beads

A jewelry project supporting 150 craters and artisans who work with beads, grass and metal to create products for national and international markets

Click here for sales and products


A research support program collaborating between academics the state researchers and farmers  to answer farmers questions and problems

Click here for links and downloads to research and archives

Click here for the goat innovation platform discussions

Training materials

A variety of training materials are available to support farmers or peer to peer organisations.

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Homestead animal farming

Mdukatshani supports farmers in all homestead animals but concentrates on Goats/Sheep, Chickens and Cattle. 

Click here to go the livestock pages

Thanks to our funders, sponsors, supporters and peer organisations.

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Homesstead Chicken vaccination and productivity support