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Saturday 24 March 2018

Horn of Africa priority for Bothar

Kathryn Hayes

IRISH charity Bothar is turning its attention to the Horn of Africa with the hope of providing long-term assistance to starving families.

New CEO David Moloney pinpointed the 12 million people suffering in the drought-hit region as a major priority.

The organisation, which airlifts animals to struggling communities in the developing world, grew from a project taking cows to Africa 20 years ago.

Limerick man Mr Moloney replaces the founder and former CEO Peter Ireton, who retired at the end of June.

Bothar now helps over 5,000 families annually with livestock projects across 35 developing countries, and has an annual turnover of €8m.

Mr Moloney described Bothar's work of shipping livestock to struggling families as the "most natural Irish response".

"It is only right that we would transfer to these countries not just some of our animals, but also our incredible depth of knowledge in agriculture," he added.

Irish Independent

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