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Created by Amelia Breytenbach
Maintained by Antoinette Lourens

THE ROLE OF THE FARM ANIMAL CONSERVATION TRUST (FACT)

History and aims

The Farm Animal Conservation Trust (FACT) was established in 1994 as the Association for the Conservation of Early Domesticated Animals in South Africa (ACEDA) with a mandate to facilitate and promote the conservation of South Africa's indigenous farm animal genetic resources. 

FACT activities include the dissemination of information on lesser known and endangered farm animals and facilitating conservation through the sustainable use of these breeds in commercial farming systems. 

FACT is an active partner in a National initiative to create awareness and markets and to add value. This partnership includes the National Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Research Council, the National Cultural History Museum and Universities. 

Founding Workshop and basic constitution

FACT started life as ACEDA after a founding workshop assisted by the Secretary General of RBI and Executive Director of RBST, Lawrence Alderson. This was an opportunity to invite all possible stakeholders and role players to a symposium to discuss the need for a breed conservation organization. 

In reviewing the progress of FACT, it was undoubtedly the most effective way to initiate the establishment of the NGO - and an effective way to get support from the State and Parastatal organizations involved at the time. 

PHOTO : Pedi cattle
pedicattle

For more information contact :

FACT, H. Els, Private Bag X04, ONDERSTEPOORT, 0110, SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: +27 12 529 8463
Fax: +27 12 529 8315
Cell: 083 478 1940
E-mail: heleen.els@up.ac.za