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  • East Africa Dairy Development Kenya Country Office LOGO Milk-producing cows are perhaps the most valued and potentially profitable assets an African farm family can own. They provide families with a dependable flow of cash, producing income from milk for substantial periods of the year with immediate- to short-turnaround on payment. Yet most rural African households live in poverty in spite of the potential that cattle offer them to earn well-above subsistence income. The East Africa Dairy Development Project (EADD) aims at moving smallholder, women and men farmers out of poverty by improving their profit through participation in the dairy value chain. EADD is a Heifer International project funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of an agricultural development grant designed to boost the yields and incomes of millions of smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. This project aims at helping smallholder dairy farmers double their incomes by increasing their production of high quality raw milk and linking them to the markets. The project which is being implemented through a partnership of three long established organizations working in targeted districts in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Each of these partners have specific areas of intervention – Heifer International – on livestock production, farmer leadership and governance training as well as overseeing the overall implementation of the project, TechnoServe Inc. bring in its rich experiences in Business Development Services, value chain models, marketing and business systems support; ICRAF intervention will specifically be on feed and forage, ABS TCM on breeding and genetics and ILRI on research monitoring and evaluation. The vision of success for the East Africa Dairy Development Project is that the lives of 179,000 families—or approximately one million people—are transformed by doubling household dairy income by year 10 through integrated interventions in dairy production, market-access and knowledge application. EADD Kenya team aims to reach 110,000 farmers out of which 10,000 would be fodder farmers. The EADD Project therefore aims to achieve its vision of doubling smallholder dairy income by improving on-farm production and market- access. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, EldoretT: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development Kenya Country Office LOGO The project seeks to improve on-farm productivity by: § Increasing the volume of milk produced through various training on animal production and long term through breeding and genetics. § Improving milk quality and reducing loss through spoilage through various training at the farm level as well as at the plant level. § Providing access to production inputs through business development services. Market-access will be improved by: § Developing local hubs of business delivery services and cooling plants that facilitate market access. § Linking producers to formal markets through processors. The project hopes to accomplish these aims through coordinated, farmer-focused interventions that integrate to develop smallholder profit-participation in the dairy value chain. These interventions are expected to generate information and develop innovative solutions, expand dairy markets and market access for farmers, and sustainably increase dairy productivity. The project works with key stakeholders through facilitation to enable them provide various services to farmers on a sustainable basis. The project is organizing farmer business associations, either in form of cooperatives or limited liability companies to own and manage the established cooling plants. Famers are required to invest in these cooperatives through share purchase and show commitment through sale of their milk through those cooperatives. The project will facilitate the farmers to sign supply contracts with processors upon bulking their milk through the established cooling plants. The project will also develop the cooling plant as a hub where farmers can access all the services. These services include linkages to AI service providers, Animal health providers, establishment of an agrovet shop related to the company, linkage to banks and microfinance institutions and establishment of Financial Services Associations informally referred to as village banks. The project is expected to enable farmer set up 13 new chilling plants and work with 4 old cooling plants during the 4-year pilot period. It is also expected through this plant to reach 100,000 smallholder dairy farmers and 10,000 fodder farmers. During the initial four year pilot phase the project targets Bomet, Buret, Nandi North, West Pokot, Marakwet, Keiyo, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Molo and Uasin Gishu districts of Kenya. EADD is also working closely with the already established cooling plants in Kipkellion, Ol Kalou, Kipkaren and Siongiroi to improve on their efficiency and their profitability through various trainings. EADD Project has set up a US$ 5 million Investment Fund to be loaned to qualifying farmer business associations in form of limited liability companies in the target project area initially to co-finance the establishment of the cooling plants. This fund will however revolve and is expected to enable the project support many farmer companies to establish and expand their milk chilling business. This fund will be managed by reputable financial institutions who will receive loan applications, appraise the loans and sign loan contracts with farmer business associations. The project will prepare the farmers through working with managers hired by the farmers to carry out feasibility studies and preparation of business plans as required by the financiers. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, EldoretT: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles Heifer International Heifer was founded in 1944 by a relief worker responding to the human suffering caused by the devastation of the Spanish Civil War. Dan West, an Indiana farmer, ladled milk to children and women daily; by midday, supplies of dried milk were gone, forcing many to leave hungry. Heifer International was conceived to move families beyond relief to sustainable self-reliance by providing them with the tools and resources needed to provide for themselves. Building on the experiences of six decades, Heifer is poised to meet the challenges presented in today’s developing countries. Heifer envisions a world of communities living in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Between 2000 and 2010, Heifer plans to directly assist 4.5 million women, girls, boys and men to achieve sustainable income and food security in an environmentally sound manner. Future plans are guided by an organizational strategic plan which includes the following areas of focus: § Building sustainable livelihoods and food systems § Promoting knowledge, skills and power § Influencing policies, systems and practices § Instituting organizational In 63 years, Heifer has provided assistance to more than 9.2 million families or 48 million people in more than 125 countries and 38 U.S. states. Heifer’s hallmark practice of “Passing on the Gift” has extended initial gifts of livestock and training to millions of people. Current Heifer Activities In 2006, Heifer had projects in 57 countries and 29 U.S. states. Heifer employs more than 850 people, including 554 international staff. Each of its four area programs –Africa, Americas, Asia/South Pacific and Central/Eastern Europe—is administered by a professional from that region. Heifer’s country programs employ local professionals such as sociologists, economists, livestock health specialists and community development experts. Heifer Experience in Project Development and Implementation Heifer’s earliest on-going African project began in 1974 in Tanzania, which was soon followed by the establishment of Heifer Cameroon. Heifer created the Africa program in the early 1980’s. Heifer has four country programs in East Africa, implementing integrated livestock projects with an emphasis on dairy cattle and goats, but also including camels, beekeeping, donkeys and fish farming. Projects typically incorporate gender equity and HIV/AIDS training, as well as leadership development and values-based planning for community development. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, Eldoret T: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles Heifer International Heifer Experience in Project Development and Implementation...cont’d Heifer started work in Kenya in 1981 and has artificial insemination to improve local breeds assisted rural farmers in the Western, Nyanza, of dairy cows and through improved animal Coast, Rift Valley and nutrition. Central provinces of the country to develop “If we are serious about ending ex- The project will provide sustainable agriculture treme hunger and poverty around extensive training in enterprises. Work in animal agriculture, post-Amin Uganda the world, we must be serious about business practices and began in 1982 through transforming agriculture for small other subjects. The a request from the project targets specific Church of Uganda. farmers” districts in Kenya, Because Uganda’s Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Rwanda and Uganda. male population has significantly diminished Gates Foundation due to war and AIDS, Heifer Awards and Heifer works to help Recognition women increase their income and nutritional status by engaging in dairy cattle and goat projects. Heifer International has been recognized by every Heifer began work in Rwanda in 2000 through a $1 U.S. president from Dwight Eisenhower to Bill million grant from the US Agency for International Clinton and has received awards in numerous fields Development. Projects utilizing dairy cattle promote of endeavor. Among recent recognition are the continuity, sustainability and harmony in this following: country following the 1994 genocide. § Mildred Robbins Leet Award from InterAction for Heifer also plays a lead role in the non- advancing women’s empowerment, 2007 (the governmental organization community. Jo Luck, second time this award has been made to Heifer Heifer President and CEO, serves as co-chair of International) the InterAction Steering Committee on Monitoring § Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist and Program Effectiveness. Award, 2006 § Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, 2004 § Forbes, Goldstar List of top 10 charities, 2004 Heifer will organize farmer business § “One of Seven Ways to Change the World” associations to own and manage the chilling – National Peace Corps Association, 1997 plants. Milk production will be increased through For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, EldoretT: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ILRI works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity- building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development for poor livestock keepers and their communities. ILRI works in partnership and alliance with other national and international organizations in livestock research, training and information. It works in all tropical developing regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. ILRI is a non-profit, intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, where a research team focused on improving market opportunities for smallholders in livestock and livestock product markets is also located. Under US tax law, ILRI is an international organization. ILRI’s strategy focuses on three livestock-mediated pathways out of poverty: (1) securing the assets of the poor, (2) improving the productivity of their livestock systems, and (3) improving their market opportunities in the face of rapidly changing market channels and demands. ILRI’s research portfolio includes five issue- oriented themes: § Targeting research and development opportunities § Enabling innovation § Improving market § Using biotechnology to secure livestock assets § People, livestock and the environment. ILRI also manages the Systemwide Livestock Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI Experience in Project Development and Implementation ILRI has extensive experience in project development and implementation in developing countries. ILRI leverages its multidisciplinary expertise in economics, epidemiology, systems analysis, animal science and biotechnology to provide action-oriented research and diagnostic inputs that can be applied in development settings. A large proportion of ILRI’s work is geared toward serving the needs of implementers of development projects, including government agencies and NGOs, to ensure immediate uptake of research results. One recent example is the Smallholder Dairy Project (SDP) that was led by Kenya’s Ministry of Livestock Development and won two separate CGIAR Science awards: effective partnerships in 1997 and effective communications in 2005, the year it ended. SDP started with an intensive diagnostic phase, involving the characterization of the dairy systems in the Kenya Highlands and taking a production-to-consumption chain approach. Specific technologies were then pilot-tested (for example, concentrate re-allocation at the beginning of the lactation) with a local cooperative. The main intervention area was the marketing of unprocessed milk by small milk traders who were not officially recognized by the authorities. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, Eldoret T: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ILRI Experience in Project Development and action plan based on survey data at the producer, Implementation...cont’d market agent and consumer levels. The action plan will identify specific interventions at the farm or The findings from the SDP research were market levels to alleviate current constraints and will disseminated successfully through a variety of improve current opportunities. The action plan will channels, while an advocacy group was created be district-specific, given with various NGOs to help change decision makers’ “working at crossroads of livestock the large heterogeneity in production and market mindsets toward the and poverty, bringing high-quality systems across the legalization of mobile milk traders. A training program science and capacity-building to bear Other similar ongoing on hygienic milk handling on poverty reduction and sustainable efforts are targeted at practices for these small- development for poor livestock keep- improving livestock- scale traders was also product markets in developed in collaboration with the Kenya Dairy ers and their communities” various countries and regions. For instance, Board that allows traders ILRI supported a project to operate freely, creating led by Terra Nuova, an Italian-registered NGO, employment opportunities and economic growth. which aimed at improving livestock diversification, marketing and trade in Somalia. ILRI led the Key lessons learned for pro-poor policy change, diagnostic phase, with inputs from a range of institutional approaches and technologies have economists, epidemiologists and animal breeders. since been scaled up in the Eastern African region Livestock movements were tracked through by key regional and national agencies using their geographical positioning system and trekking own resources. routes, while other service providers were mapped using geographical information systems to identify In addition, ILRI is working with the Government of possible bottlenecks in the marketing channels. Assam, India, on an on-going dairy development Surveys at the livestock-producer and market-agent project funded by the World Bank. As in the case of levels combined with geographical information SDP, ILRI leads the diagnostic phase of the work allowed the project team to develop relevant and in Assam, which is aimed at developing a pro-poor feasible interventions. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, Eldoret T: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles TechnoServe (TNS) TechnoServe was founded in 1968 by U.S. businessman Ed Bullard, a pioneer in private-enterprise approaches to solving poverty in the developing world. His key insight was that economic progress and sustainability required market-based solutions. He built TNS to help entrepreneurial men and women in the developing world build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth. TechnoServe remains true to that mission and to Bullard’s innovative spirit. The senior management team is led by the president/CEO in Washington, DC, with offices in Norwalk, CT. TechnoServe is organized into two field divisions; Africa and Latin America. Each of the two divisions has permanent operations in five to 10 countries at any given time. Current country offices include Colombia, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. TechnoServe has a global team of more than 370 staff, of whom greater than 90 percent are host-country nationals in the In 2006, TechnoServe impact included: § $96.9 million in sales from 215 TechnoServe-assisted businesses (almost double 2005 levels) § $51.8 million in purchases from 173,180 rural producers (48 percent increase over 2005) § 918,900 rural men, women and children benefited from higher incomes because of the wages and income provided by TechnoServe-assisted businesses Of the 215 assisted businesses: § 76 percent are farmer-owned cooperatives and associations § 24 are entrepreneur-formed businesses-partnerships, corporations, sole proprietors TNS Experience in Project Development and Implementation TNS has 38 years of experience in value-chain improvement efforts across Africa and Latin America. In 2004, the Schwab Foundation selected TNS as “one of the world’s top ten outstanding social entrepreneurs” for work in this space. TNS commenced work in the coffee sector in 1968 and has worked continuously in East Africa since the early 1970s. In the past seven years, TechnoServe has developed a unique approach to empower dairy producers through the creation of milk-bulking, cooling and marketing centers. Transforming the industry from a subsistence mindset to a commercial mindset, these centers enable thousands of small-scale farmers to access markets directly and to participate in value-addition opportunities in the formal sector. This work activates a “virtuous cycle” in which farmers reinvest higher earnings into their dairy businesses, leading to further growth in production and income. Triggering a multiplier effect, the cooling plants also function as hubs through which farmers can access micro-loans, healthcare and education. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, Eldoret T: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles TechnoServe (TNS) TNS Experience in Project Development and Implementation...cont’d TechnoServe assists the dairy centers with managing and growing their businesses, providing basic advice in accounting and identifying opportunities in new markets. Besides creating new jobs, these centers help smallholders improve farm practices, acquire market information and access farm inputs. This model also links dairy producers to reliable buyers, to technical assistance and to financing. For example, the three cooling plant enterprises currently supported now purchase more than $3 million annually in milk from 10,000 smallholder farmers, generate more than $5 million in annual revenue and employ more than 100 full-time factory workers and managers. TechnoServe has seen similar levels of impact through its value chain work in coffee, cashews and fresh whole For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, Eldoret T: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles World Agroforestry Centre The International Council for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) was created in response to a visionary study in the mid-1970s led by forester John Bene of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The study coined the term ‘agroforestry’ and called for global recognition of the key role trees play on farms. This led to the establishment of ICRAF in 1978 to promote agroforestry research in developing countries. ICRAF continued the process of institutional transformation by developing a science culture, building excellent research facilities and doubling its financial and human resources by 1996. The Centre formally adopted an integrated natural resource management framework for all of its work, and institutionalized its commitment to impact by creating a Development Group dedicated to moving research results onto farmers’ fields. In 2002 the Centre acquired the brand name the ‘World Agroforestry Centre’. The ‘International Centre for Research in Agroforestry’ remains our legal name and we continue to use the acronym ‘ICRAF’. The new name reflects the fact that the Centre is now recognized as the international leader in agroforestry research and development. Realistically, however, the Centre cannot possibly provide expertise on all conceivable dimensions of agroforestry—nor do we wish to do so. There are advantages to specialization, which is why the Centre engages in strategic alliances with a range of other institutions. Some of these partners are centres of scientific excellence in specific topics of relevance to agroforestry; others specialize in effective delivery of research results to farmers fields. The vision The Centre’s vision is a rural transformation in the developing world where smallholder households massively increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition, income, health, shelter, energy resources and environmental sustainability. This vision is founded upon three basic tenets:. 1. The growing importance of trees and treebased systems in sustaining livelihoods and agroecosystems; 2. The Centre’s experience and comparative advantage in advancing agroforestry research for development; 3. A global commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Mission The Centre’s mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes and to use its research to advance policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment. Success in achieving this mission will be demonstrated by the increased use of improved trees and tree-based systems, significant gains in the overall productivity of smallholder farming systems, a marked reduction in poverty, and significant improvements in environmental quality. Our goal is to become a partner of choice for a range of scientific and development institutions in their efforts to generate tree- based solutions to the global problems of rural poverty, hunger and environmental degradation. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, Eldoret T: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles ABS/TCM African Breeders Services Total Cattle Management, Limited (ABS TCM) is a distributor for American Breeders Service a world leader in bovine genetics and artificial breeding technology. ABS TCM, Ltd. partnered with Land O’Lakes, Inc. in the implementation of the recently ended USAID funded Kenya Dairy Development Program. In Kenya, ABS TCM, Ltd. maintains fully staffed facilities for genetics distribution, liquid nitrogen production and feed analysis laboratory, all backed up with competent teams of milk quality service and nutrition consultants. From this base of excellence, ABS TCM, Ltd expands the adoption of dairy productivity-enhancing technologies; enhances viable business linkages throughout the dairy value chains, from small farmer to end-consumer – including producer and marketing associations; and promotes domestic, regional, and international trade in dairy products. This is accomplished through a market development approach that supports appropriate roles of the public and private sectors in the dairy sector, facilitates commercial provision of dairy-related business services and advocates for policy, regulatory and legal reforms that heighten performance in the sector. ABS TCM utilizes and strengthens local provision of support services and encourages the service providers to adapt to the needs of smallholder dairy farmers. Effective technical assistance is provided to oriented organizations and other commercially-oriented actors (e.g. agrovet shops, milk cooling hubs, artificial inseminators, milk processors, trainers, etc) to build their capacity and to encourage a vibrant, competitive and sustainable dairy sector service industry. Valuable dairy inputs are distributed to the farmers through hundreds of private sector-oriented small-scale entrepreneurs. ABS TCM Ltd uses Scalable Embedded Distribution and livelihood Partnership models as part of its grassroots approach to emerging markets. In this manner, ABS TCM, Ltd. avails to smallholder dairy farmers proven genetics, breeding supplies, mastitis prevention and control products, agricultural equipment and agriculture technology that can substantially increase dairy productivity and grow household incomes. Recent Past performance - Project Description/Skills and Expertise Kenya Dairy Development Program (KDDP) USAID Grant # 623-A-00-02-00097-00). Sub-grant from Land O’ Lakes, Inc. Kenya Dairy Development Program (KDDP) aimed to increase household incomes of smallholder dairy farmers by improving milk productivity and trade. The key objectives were: 1. Consumer promotion and marketing activities, 2. dairy product quality, safety and affordability activities; 3. enhancing dairy productivity activities; 4. dairy industry capacity building activities. Activities of ABS contributed directly to the following intermediate results of USAID’s Strategic Objective 7: 7.1.2 – Increased Use of Technology; 7.1.4 - Increased Participation of Private Sector in Delivery of Services; 7.2.2 – Performance of Market Systems Improved. Specific activities facilitated by ABS were to improve milk productivity by promoting use of technologies such as improved genetics, best management practices and availability of dairy input services. Increased milk trade through development of market information database and availing information to smallholder farmers through project deliverables such as catalogue, newsletters, among key private and associated sector players within the dairy industry. The program targeted medium and high potential areas of Kenya. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, Eldoret T: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or
  • East Africa Dairy Development LOGO Partner Profiles In line with the market facilitation approach of USAID’s Business Development Services program, ABS achievements in the key areas of service provided include: Strengthened delivery of dairy input services to >87,000 smallholder farmers; strengthened capacity of breeding management service providers to deliver best management services and improved genetics to the farmers by training 387 A.I. service providers who inseminated over 120,000 units of proven genetics; transferred seven (7) A.I. equipment technologies; more than 250 service providers business skills were strengthened; developed five (5) market information systems to increase over 100,000 smallholder dairy farmers’ access to market information as follows: interactive voice response platform, web portal, radio program “Kilimo Shambani”, information centers and dairy newsletter. Participated in Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safe Use Action Plan (PERSUAP) and trained BSP’s on integrated pest management (IPM) practices, facilitated biogas installations and Improving the efficiency of milk marketing via the development of sustainable service providers. Project No. D-SP-02 Technoserve, Inc. Sub grant The project provided technical support for farm level business service provision and linked smallholder farmers to the bulk milk chilling centers. Identified business service providers were capacity built on breeding and A.I. management, herd management, feed conservation, personal and milk hygiene, dairy production and assisted to access to credit. Achievements were: Participation of over 10,300 smallholder farmers; 90% reduction in milk rejected at the bulk chilling hubs; capacity built 120 private service providers of which the majority (>52%) are experiencing business growth; Increased purchase of business service including A.I. and animal health services while herd management and fodder conservation largely remained an embedded service. Lessons learnt were that capacity building of service provider’s should focus on training on multifaceted business service skills so that they are sustainable. Also, the hub model – milk check off system for providing services via the bulk chilling hub represents a good business model that enhances farmer access to service. Western Kenya Dairy BDS Project. Project No. D-SP-014 Technoserve, Inc. Sub grant This project replicated Project No. D-SP-02 carried out in Central Province. Western Kenya province is a milk deficit area thus, to encourage milk production, the project introduced a 3 –Ton Club concept for farmers to form business groups and better access business and extension services. 758 farmers from the target area have registered for the 3-Ton club; the project worked with 11 women and youth groups with an average membership of 30 each. > 6,000 farmers (30% women and 10 % youth) were mobilized and sensitized; 37 A.I. technicians trained and business skills for 82 existing business service providers upgraded; A 40% reduction in milk rejection was realized by farmers now collecting and marketing over 12,950 liters of milk; 1,922 inseminations using proven genetics were carried out. Transferred 3 technologies for milk quality control i.e. 97 farms now screen for sub-clinical mastitis using milk conductivity devices; 4 farmer groups are now monitoring bulk milk somatic cell count; 2,100 liters of teat dip have been purchased by farmers with a 10% monthly increase in demand. For more information regarding EADD contact at: Country Project Manager or Information Officer P.O. Box 5201 - 30100, Elgon View, Eldoret T: +254 053 2031273/8 F:+254 053 2031274 E: or