Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you'll feed him for a lifetime. So, how about if you give a man a cow? Sheep? Bees? Or other farm animals?
That, in fact, is the premise of Heifer International. This charitable organization provides livestock (and training) to small-scale farmers and communities worldwide.
The Liberal Avenger is organizing a drive to buy an "Ark":
So - between LA and some activities my family and friends are engaging in here locally, we are collecting money to donate en masse to Heifer International. The gift we’re shooting for is called the “Ark” which at $5000 buys cows, oxen, beehives, sheep, water buffalo, goats, camels, llamas, donkeys, ducks, guinea pigs, pork-pigs, rabbits, geese and chickens for poor rural people around the world - including Appalachian regions in the United States.