EAST AFRICA DAIRY
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A side from chilling plants I am pleased to note that all
the other milestones on all activities are all but within
Vol.1 November 2008
In This Issue reach of the team and I once again urge all partners and
clusters not to let their eyes off the prize.
Articles As the year draws to a close I wish to remind all teams
Welcome note..........page1 that performance will be primarily measured on the basis
A Message from Regional Director..........page1
EADD at a Glance ..........page1 of milestones delivered on site by site cluster by cluster.
A New Hub is Born..........page3 True achievement of EADD vision, objectives and
Of Cows and Breeds: 50 AI Trainees Graduate..........page4 milestones will only be realized by pulling together while
Milking the Benefits of Partnerships .........page4 carrying one’s own weight.
How to get to the top.........page5
Regular Features Yes we can!
Getting to Know Your Dairy Team ..........page5
Dairy Diary ..........page6 Moses Nyabila
Tip of the Month..........page6
Humor Corner ………page6
Photo Galllery……….page6 EADD at a Glance
The East Africa Dairy Development Project (EADD)
is 10 year regional industry development program
From the Regional Director’s Desk implemented by Heifer International and a consortium of
partners including TechnoServe (TNS) and International
Let us all give a toss to Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The project is funded
the communication team by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of an
for pulling the inaugural agricultural development grant designed to boost the
newsletter together! With yields and incomes of millions of small farmers in Africa
all the usual challenges and other parts of the developing world so they can lift
associated with the themselves and their families out of hunger and poverty.
commencement of a project
as complex as EADD, EADD envisions improving the lives of many poor
juxtaposed against the families by doubling household dairy income through
backdrop of the disruptive integrated intervention in dairy production, market access
post election turmoil that and knowledge application.
engulfed Kenya during the
early months of the year, I In order to improve market access, EADD will develop local
cannot help but appreciate hubs of business development services and chilling plants
what has been achieved to that facilitate sales, linking producers to formal markets
date. News from Kenya and Uganda is that four sites through processors and increase producer benefit from
have met all requirements of a chilling plant and another traditional markets.
two are well on their way to doing the same. Our goal
is to deliver all the ten chilling plants and I urge all the The project operates in specific districts chosen for their
cluster leaders to ensure this happens.
suitability for smallholder dairy development in Kenya,
Uganda and Rwanda.
The regional office is located in Nairobi, Kenya and is
headed by the Regional Director, Moses Nyabila. The
office illustrates the project management relationship
among the partners, as well as the supporting
relationship of project advisory committees at the
regional and country levels. The regional director leads a
team dedicated and enthusiastic staff, both professional The team in Uganda poses for a group photgraph with Dr.
and support. Sahr Lebbie Heifer International Vice President for Africa
Area Program and Moses Nyabila, EADD Regional Director
...in Rwanda- Charity Murorunkwere
EADD Rwanda country office is located in Nyagatare
District in the Eastern Region of Rwanda.
The project operates in three districts of Gatsibo,
Nyagatare and Rwamagana. The project is already
working on six existing chilling plants and a further four
new chilling plants are in the pipeline.
Since the onset of the project, several activities have
been undertaken at the different sites and at country
level including value chain study, feasibility studies on
existing chilling plants and training of management
committees. Other activities also include fodder farmers’
Part of the regional office team
training, training of artificial inseminators and training of
community animal health care workers.
....in Uganda-Beatrice Nabwire
In Uganda, the project is being implemented in the
central districts of Sembabule, Masaka, Mpigi, Wakiso,
Mityana, Kiboga, Nakaseke, Luweero, Nakasongora,
Masindi, Mukono, Kayunga and Jinja.
EADD has earmarked ten milk collection hubs with
chilling plants where farmers will bring raw milk for
bulking and chilling before pick-up by commercial
dairies. There will also be an additional 5 traditional
hubs (TMs) whose activities will seek to achieve multiple
goals including providing a range of business services
to farmers and traditional traders, leveraging farmers’
position with traditional traders through collective Part of the Rwanda team
bargaining and improving the demand for quality milk.
For the remaining period of 2008, the project is focusing
on establishing two chilling plants and one Traditional …In Kenya- Jane Kithuka
Hub. The chilling plants are based in Kiboga and The Kenya country office is located in Eldoret town, a
Masindi while the Traditional Hub is based in Bubusi. distance of 310 Kilometers Northwest of Nairobi.
The project is working towards setting up 13 new chilling
Currently, the Kiboga West Livestock Co-operative
plants and boosting 4 old cooling plants during the 4-year
Society has about three hundred and eighty five
pilot period. These are largely to benefit at least 110,000
registered farmer members who have already raised
smallholder dairy families and 10,000 fodder farmers.
about 17 million Uganda Shillings in share equity
towards investing in a chilling plant with a capacity to
Currently, pilot is being implemented in eight districts
hold 5000kgs of milk. In Masindi, over
in Rift Valley including: Bomet, Buret, Keiyo, Kipkelion,
two hundred and eighty registered farmer members have
Marakwet, Molo, Nandi North, Uasin Gishu and West
already raised about 1 Million Uganda shilings in share
Pokot and two districts in Central Province: Nyandarua
equity towards the same.
and Nyeri districts.
The project is also working closely with the already
established cooling plants in Kipkelion, Ol Kalou, Kipkaren
and Siongiroi to improve on their efficiency and their
profitability through various trainings on service delivery
This year, the project is working in two major sites, namely their production of high quality raw milk and linking
Metkei and Lelan. In Metkei, farmers from four different them to the markets. This will be achieved through
This will be achieved through
co-oparatives have joined forces to form one company, coordinated, farmer-focused interventions that are
Metkei Multipurpose Ltd. The company has brought integrated to develop smallholder profit-participation in
together 1,990 smallholder dairy farmers who have the dairy value chain. These interventions are expected
contributed Kshs.1.8 million in share equity to procure a to generate information and develop innovative solutions,
10,000 kg cooling plant. The farmers have also formed expand dairy markets and market access for the farmers,
132 Dairy Management Groups (DMGs) for the purpose and sustainably increase dairy productivity.
of training provisions and demonstrations. While in Lelan,
over 3,600 smallholder farmers have registered the Lelan
Highland Dairies Ltd and have since raised over Kshs.1.5
million to invest in a chilling plant.
The launch offered a training opportunity to many farmers
The Kenya Country Project team …Of Cows and Breeds: EADD Successfully
Trains 50 Artificial Inseminators-Charity M.
A New Hub is Born-Dominic Menjo Rwanda-Following a previous successful training of 24
Last month marked a new chapter in Tanykina Dairy practicing private AI service providers, EADD trained a
Plant in Kenya. The chilling plant was transformed into further 26 artificial inseminators in October 2008. This
a dairy hub, the first by EADD in Kenya. Over 3000 brings the number of artificial inseminators trained so
farmers were trained in dairy production and marketing far to 50. The latter group of trainees comprised of
of high-quality milk with an aim of doubling their income. veterinary assistants attached to and employed by dairy
cooperatives in the districts of Gatsibo, Nyagatare and
EADD’s unique approach of hub concept aims at Rwamagana. The training which lasted 10 days was
introducing and strengthening service and input delivery a unique partnership between EADD and the Rwanda
in both existing and new chilling plants. This involves Animal Resources Development Authority (RARDA).
linking all the dairy services, inputs and output to the
chilling plants. The service providers were trained in basic animal
physiology, animal health care and disease
The EADD team has been able to strengthen these management, basic animal breeding principles and
links in Kipkaren division where Tanykina Dairy practices, dairy cattle feeding and general nutrition as
Plant is located. Consequently there was a need to well as milking practices and hygienic milk production,
formalise these linkages and sensitize both the service The participants also underwent 7 days of hands-on
providers(BDS) and the consumers(farmers). The hub animal handling for successful artificial breeding. The
launch brought together all these players while at the trainees were given full AI kits by RARDA who will
same time forming a second mobilization strategy. continue to work jointly with EADD in monitoring and
evaluating the quality of service delivery in the field.
The launch was presided over by the Rift Valley Director
of Livestock, Mr. Luke Kessei and assisted by a number The next major activity in this area is the decentralization
of other guests including the area MP, Mr David Koech. of essential supplies such as Liquid Nitrogen (LN) and
semen. In accordance with the estimated numbers of
Speaking during the launch, Mr. Kessei thanked EADD cattle and service providers, Gatsibo, Rwamagana
and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the timely and Nyagatare districts will have 3, 3 and 4 locations,
project which will give the farmers in the area financial respectively, where liquid nitrogen and semen tanks
stability through dairy farming. He noted that with the will be maintained for the convenience of the service
increase in milk production, farmers in Kipkaren will able providers. Establishment of the locations will be done
to participate fully in the whole process of marketing with participation of the local authorities and service
ensuring that they sell milk at competitive prices. He providers to maximize the effectiveness of the system.
further urged farmers to take advantage of the training Key issue will be safety and proper maintenance and
opportunities by EADD to further develop the dairy management of the supplies. The whole system is
industry in general. expected to be in place and ready to function by end of
EADD’s vision for Tanykina Dairy Plant Limited is to
double the incomes of the dairy farmers by increasing
their families, their communities and their countries. TNS
brings to EADD time-tested experience in value chain
operations, including business development, business
planning, organizational, operational support and
For more information visit www.TechnoServe.org
African Breeders Services Total Cattle Management
Limited (ABS TCM LTD)
ABS TCM is a distributor for American Breeders Services
(ABS Global), the world leader in bovine genetics and
artificial breeding technology. ABS TCM brings to EADD
AI trainees proudly display their certificates during high quality genetics (semen), training and support
their graduation ceremony services and will help farmers increase their incomes by
providing a total cattle management package.
Milking the Benefits of Partnerships For More Information visit www.abstcm.com
Building partnerships and pooling complementary
organizational strengths is the heart of EADD’s work. World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
By bringing together different partners with a common The World Agroforestry Centre is part of The Alliance of
objective, the project benefits from a combined set of the CGIAR Centres — a global network of 15 centres,
knowledge, skills and networks, thus ensuring that the funded by the Consultative Group on International
beneficiaries maximize the resources available in the Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICRAF’s vision is to
dairy industry to improve productivity. transform Agroforestry in the developing world through a
massive increase in the use of working trees on working
EADD partner institutions are well established in their landscapes by smallholder rural households that helps
areas of operations and each brings unique expertise ensure security in food, nutrition, health, fodder, shelter
that when put together will largely contribute to the and energy, income and a regenerated environment.
project’s vision of success. Ultimately, this collaborative ICRAF brings to EADD a wide expertise in developing
framework will greatly benefit the thousands of small milk feed systems and feed options and dissemination of this
traders by ensuring long-term, sustainable productivity knowledge to farmers.
and a more diversified economic base. For more information visit www.worldagroforestry.org
Heifer International Here’s How to Get Up.....and Stay Up!- Advice
Heifer International is the lead partner in the project.
It is a non-governmental organization working to end
from HR-Jane Oduor
Build your confidence, bit by bit
hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Heifer
The way to find confidence is to search for it. Look
brings specialized knowledge of livestock production and
for challenge. Rock solid confidence and lasting self-
sustainable, value-based development, with experience
esteem cannot be handed over to you, no matter how
spanning more than 60 years. Its mission is to alleviate
well intentioned your benefactor may be. Confidence and
hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by
self-esteem come from the direct experience of meeting
offering resource development assistance—including
animals, training and technical assistance—that fosters
Confidence is well worth the trouble. Bit by bit,
self reliance in food production and income generation
confidence is built. Don’t shy away from challenge.
on a sustainable basis.
Welcome it. Seek it out. It will teach you. It will
For more information visit www.heifer.org
discipline you. It will give you invaluable experience.
With confidence in you, anything is possible. The sky
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
becomes the limit.
ILRI is a non-profit, intergovernmental organization
Confidence cannot be created out of nothing. Try to
working at the crossroads of livestock and poverty,
do that and you’ll only get arrogance, a poor substitute
bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to
which crumbles at the first tough challenge. Confidence
bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development
must be built. Just as strong muscles are building by
for poor livestock keepers and their communities. ILRI
lifting heavier and heavier weights, confidence is built by
has expertise in livestock and livestock research with
taking on bigger and bigger challenges. Challenges are
significant experience in dairy development in East
the bricks that make the strong wall of confidence.
Africa, as well as other regions of the world. ILRI also
Challenge will therefore build in you something,
brings extensive experience in project development and
which can help take you wherever you want to go
implementation in developing countries.
For more information visit www.ilri.org
TechnoServe is an international NGO whose mission
is to help entrepreneurial men and women in poor rural
areas of the developing world to build businesses that
create income, opportunity and economic growth for
Governor in charge of Rwamagana sub-province in
Get to Know Your Dairy Team... Rwanda and a Director in charge of Good Governance
and Territorial Administration overseeing ten districts in
Moses Nyabila-Regional Director the former Kibungo province in Rwanda. He possesses
a Masters degree in the field of Public and Development
Moses Nyabila is the Regional Management (MM P&DM) from the University of the
Director of the EADD Project. He Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is
is currently providing leadership married with six children.
in planning, management and
delivery of the EADD project for Augustine Cheruiyot, Country Project Manager-
far-reaching impacts on dairy Kenya
farmer productivity in the three The Kenya country office is
countries. being managed by Augustine
Cheruiyot. Cheruiyot has over
Moses is a seasoned business 10 years hands-on experience
development expert with over 12 in the field of microfinance
years experience in development and community development.
and commercial sectors in east and southern Africa. He also has experience in
Before joining EADD he served as regional business providing technical assistance
development and marketing manager and investment in several areas such as project
consultant in charge of emerging markets for Parmalat
design, baseline surveys, institutional assessments and
SA. He previously served as Regional Dairy Trade
performance implementation. Prior to joining EADD, Mr.
Specialist for Land O’Lakes in the Regional Agricultural
Cheruiyot worked in several capacities with different
Trade Support Project (RATES), Technical Advisor for the
organizations and is credited with spearheading several
Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA),
initiatives on microfinance and rural development. He
Business Development Manager for Brookside Dairy
oversaw the design and implementation of the global
and Area Sales Manager for Coca-Cola SABCO. He
Ford Foundation funded impact assessment project for
has in the recent past among others carried out industry
three years initially as an officer in charge of designing
studies, facilitated sector strategy formulation, facilitated
the research tools and implementation and later in
multilateral trade negotiations, organized successful
directing the implementation and provision of technical
international industry conferences and events, advised
support. He was also instrumental in the establishment
on large trade and Moses holds a bachelor of commerce
of community based financial services associations
degree in marketing from the University of Nairobi and
(FSAs) in various rural parts of Kenya. He pioneered
certificate in export development from CBI Netherlands.
the design of a credit and savings project for individuals
infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and thereafter
William Matovu- Country Project Manager –Uganda
oversaw its implementation. He also spearheaded the
implementation of micro leasing products targeting
EADD Uganda is in the able
smallholder dairy farmers and cooperatives in rural
hands of William Matovu as
areas and Jua Kali artisans in Nairobi. Cheruiyot thus
the Country Project Manager.
brings to EADD a wealth of experience in research
He is a development worker
and product development, monitoring and evaluations,
with extensive experience
gender mainstreaming, project implementation, capacity
in working with communities
building for both staff and rural communities, and strong
especially resource constrained
leadership skills. He posses a bachelor of Arts degree
rural smallholder farmers. For
in Economics and Mathematics from Egerton University
over 10 years, he has facilitated
in Kenya and a Masters degree in Economics from the
development of communities by enhancing partnerships
University of Malawi.
between the civil society sector, public sector and
the private sector to cause lasting changes. William
holds a Masters degree in Social Sector Planning Dairy Diary…
and Management from Makerere University and a
Post Graduate Diploma in Resource Mobilization and Kenya
Management from Uganda Management Institute. •Ol-Kalau Dairy Plant farmers’ training launch-Nov 20
Emmanuel Munyandinda-Country Project Manager •Kipkellion Dairy Plant farmers’ training launch-Nov 25
Emmanuel Munyandinda leads •EADD Uganda has a number of continuing and
the team in Rwanda. He is upcoming activities the main ones being farmer trainings
a skilled manager and brings which kicked off at the beginning of October 2008, farmer
several years of leadership and equity mobilization, discussions with milk processors
experience to the project. Prior who will be buying the milk and chilling plant installations
to EADD, Emmanuel worked in which are expected to be realized in December 2008.
several capacities as a teacher •In Rwanda, 60 Community Animal Health Workers from
in Uganda. He was also Deputy the districts of Nyagatare, Rwamagana and Gatsibo are
scheduled to be trained starting from 5thNov 2008.
•Rwanda field visits for Cooperative farmers in
November 2008 Humor Corner…
•Approximately 30 farmers to be trained on AI in
December 2008 by EADD in Rwanda. You know you are dairy farmer when...
Dairy Tip of the Month… •you know the price of milk per hundred weight but not by
Where cows gather shows where they are most
•the medicine cabinet contains a container of Bag Balm.
A cow will choose to stand/lie/rest in the location where •you’ve ever gotten an award for fat (and were proud of
she is most comfortable. Often times, dairy facilities it).
will “encourage” negative behavior by cows because
total cow comfort has not been considered. A common •your idea of a neighborhood watch is someone calling
example is cooling (shade, misters, fans) near the you to let you know your heifers are out.
feeding area. This is a good idea because it encourages
feed intake and more frequent eating during hot weather.
However, if the stalls are not cooled also, cows will not •your idea of overnight delivery is pulling a calf at three in
rest. And the benefits of more frequent eating for hoof the morning.
health and milk production will be more than offset by the
negative effects of standing for too long. A corollary to •you can remember the name of every cow on your farm
this idea is the fact that if you watch your cows, they will but the names of your children elude you
show you the problems in the facility.
Larry Jones, Dairy Development International •manure is a dinner table topic.
EADD Regional Director, Moses Nyabila Hon David Koech, MP, for Mosop, Moses
receives gifts from farmers during the Kip- Nyabila, Hon Danson Maazo, MP for Voi and
karen hub launch on October 31 2008-Kenya Augustine Cheruiyot, Country Project Manager
for Kenya inspecting the Tanykina dairy chilling
plant during the launch-Kenya A traditional dancer follows the
Kipkaren hub launch proceedings
Farmer sensitization takes place in Kinyogoga site in
Uganda Community animal health care workers proudly display
their certificates after successfully completing a training in
Kristin Grote from BMGF and EADD staff visit a small-
Dr Sahr Lebbie, 2nd right, with some EADD team on a visit holder dairy farmer in Uganda
to a women’s group project in Rwanda
EADD Staff Sylivia Wafula inspects feeds during a field
visit to farmers in Eldoret
Farmer sensitization in Rwanda
Farmers bring milk to Jessa Dairy Plant in Uganda
EADD Staff John Kibor demonstrates AI to
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