Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program
What is the Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program?
USAID’s Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program (KDSCP) is helping to transform the Kenyan dairy industry into a globally competitive, regional market leader, with the overall goal of increasing smallholder household income through the sale of quality milk.The program is working to eliminate inefficiencies and lower production and processing costs throughout the dairy value chain, while at the same time ensuring that Kenyan milk can meet domestic and international quality standards. The program also targets women, youth, and HIV/AIDS-affected households as active participants.
Project Duration and Budget
May 2008-April 2013
Who implements the Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program?
Land O’Lakes, Inc. International Development
Where does the Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness work?
Central and Rift Valley Provinces
What does the Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program do?
KDSCP conducts activities to increase the sector’s competitiveness in the regional marketplace, encourage storage, packaging and safety standards, improve the policy and regulatory environment and foster better environmental stewardship. Specifically, the program is organizing small-scale farmers into dairy cooperatives and other community based organizations in order to increase their bargaining leverage and incomes. The program is also assisting those organizations to create processing plants and distribution systems, and aiding processors to create and market new value-added products such as flavored yoghurt.
Participating farmers are educated about ways to increase productivity, for example, by using high-quality formulated feeds and productivity-enhancing technologies like artificial insemination. In addition, trainings are held on ways farmers can maintain a green and clean environment; for example, trainings on disease control emphasize proper disposal of pesticide and medical waste, and the utilization of animal wastes for clean energy like biogas.
KDSCP is linking Small Business Organizations to inputs and services that will help them expand their businesses more quickly. In addition, the program links financial service providers directly with dairy farmers to facilitate lending and expanded investment in the sector overall.
How is Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness making a difference?
Since the beginning of the program in 2008:
• 283,821 households have benefited from KDSCP programming; 45.7% of all beneficiaries are women.
• In collaboration with the Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers, 638 biogas digesters have been constructed by project beneficiaries. Biogas is providing a clean and reliable source of power that is improving household efficiency—for example, by replacing fuel as the power source for chaff cutters.
• 971 business service providers, such as bookkeepers, have been linked to the participating dairy farmers.
• 50,323 farmers have benefited from increased linkages with financial institutions and have received loans to expand their businesses.
• 113,226 farmers have been trained in dairy management technologies. KDSCP reaches farmers through agricultural shows, farmer field schools, demos and exchange visits.
• Impressive progress has been made in increasing income levels per household. From January-March 2012, monthly household income was reported at Ksh 10,219.06 (US$ 127.74) per month--an increase of 208% from the baseline value of Ksh 2,043. The increase can be attributed to the increase in productivity, reduction in cost of production and increase in average price as a result of project interventions.
What key challenges does the Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program face?
High volatility in the price of milk has been a recent challenge for KDSCP and its beneficiaries. The inability of the dairy milk processors to absorb all the milk produced by farmers leads to non-collection of milk, low milk prices and delayed farmer payments.
Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program in action
Joyce Nduta Kinyanjui is a member of Ng’arua Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society. With assistance from KDSCP, she runs a monthly Livestock Farmer Field School on her plot; during a recent farmer field day held on her farm, roughly 100 dairy farmers attended the training.
Joyce owns two dairy cows, one heifer and four calves.
For more information:
Chief of Party
Telephone: +254 20 374 8685
Julius Kilungo, AOR
Agriculture, Business and Environment Office
Tel: +254 20 862 2702