|Greetings from Kalvin, the American camel!
Camels (beginning in Africa where my ancestors came from) are going to be getting together to help feed the hungry there. Our basic plan is outlined below, and we’ll keep you posted as our project develops. Camel’s milk is coming to the rescue!
Camel’s milk could be the straw that breaks the back of hunger and fosters economic development in Third World countries.
To create awareness that (in Third World countries with camel populations) camel milking stations or satellite mini-dairies can be established to offer immediate aid to feed the hungry and build a foundation for permanent economic relief.
WHY NOW: In
April 2006, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
published a report hailing camel’s milk as a new superfood: “Prospects
are bright for camel** dairy products which are highly nutritious and
could provide a much needed extra source of income for the nomadic
herders in drought-prone areas that rear camels…A market
potentially worth 10 billion dollars, camel milk is three times as rich
in Vitamin C as cow’s milk, with high concentrations of iron,
unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins.
It is also currently prescribed for convalescing patients in
Russia, Kazakhstan and India, while in Africa, it may be recommended
for people with AIDS…Research in Kenya is being conducted on the
role camel milk is claimed to have in reducing diabetes and coronary
WHO: Local personnel would be trained by camel farming specialists in sterile milk collection procedures, and how to effect immediate distribution in starvation stricken communities. Pastoralists (nomadic herders) would be paid a fair amount for their milk, thereby assisting these herders economically.
WHERE: In Third World countries with camel populations.
HOW: As one example, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (U.S. agency) has identified countries eligible for its program assistance because they have demonstrated commitment to policies that promote political and economic freedom, investments in education and health, control of corruption, and respect for civil liberties. Beginning in Africa, there are a number of countries that could receive assistance from MCC. There also a number of existing aid organizations like Millennium Villages, UNICEF, the UN Foundation, The Peace Corps, etc., that would be ideal partners to incorporate the milking station concept into their relief efforts.
WHEN: NOW. Camel Power NOW is an advocacy group intent on making people aware that IMMEDIATE food assistance to famine stricken areas is available using the camel milking station concept, providing sustenance from an indigenous, renewable resource - the camel.
CONTACT: Kam Kaminske, KK Public Relations & Marketing email@example.com
**Dromedaries: 15 million, mostly in Africa; 700,000 feral camels in Australia. Bactrians: 2 million in Gobi Desert, and small numbers in Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan
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