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  1. 1. East Africa Dairy Development Project Volume 9 Photo/ ILRISupporting InnovationINSIDE Farming 2 School 3 Computers 4 Interview: 6 at the dropout and Cows: Smart Finger tip Innovating Creating the Farmer Affordable Link Dairy Machin- UNDP-EADD East Africa Dairy Development News eries Volume 9 partner 11 1
  2. 2. EDITORIAL East Africa Dairy Development Project Farming At The Finger Tip A few years back, in Eastern button, or press of a thumb, a farmer Africa, telephone communica- will know if his cow is on heat or if it room, as you will find out after read- tion was a hectic affair for needs a change of feed. Better still, ing about two innovative youth fea- many. If one lived in a remote region, the same farmer would access advi- tured in this issue. she had to travel several kilometres to sory services from an extension offi- a town with public payphone to make cer he hardly ever sees, yet both know Gideon Birgen is an upcoming force a phone call. Only a few well to do when the cow is due for deworming or in dairy software innovation; while people owned telephones; many were ready for insemination. The extension Joseph Macharia is taking dairy ma- rather intimidated and even fewer officer gives real time advice to the chinery to the next level. Birgen, a knew how to use them. Mobile tele- farmer without the need of any bike computer scientist, may still be phones were unheard of. Computers rides to and fro the farm. This may dreaming up newer software, but his were only seen in the modern offices. sound like a dream and yes it is for previous ideas put to work have en- Lap tops were novel… majority of smallholder farmers only abled several cooperatives to manage for the moment for we are supporting automate processes such as payments, Things are different today. Nearly innovators who are making significant check-off management etc. everyone has a headway with prototypes that hold We evaluate gadget, whether potential of making this future a real- Mr. Macharia dropped out of primary a mobile phone, ity sooner rather than later. school, but is now trail blazing in in- innovations, a computer, a novative dairy farm tools. He manu-support innovators lap top, an Ipad, It takes an open mind to accept, use factures affordable dairy equipment and help make name it. The and advocate for new innovations for for on-farm use, and thousands of old and the development. It is even more impor- farmers are saving on labour and en- available new young, the liter- tant to have sponsors of technical so- joying higher productivities.technology to dairy ate and the illit- lutions promote them for their benefits farmers. erate, the ur- and be there to walk the farmers As Egil Milbergs of Accelerating in- banite and the through the early stages of adoption. novation avers, "Technology plays a rural folk, all own a gadget and use it leading role in innovation, but it isnt to communicate, listen to and watch That is part of what the EADD project the only factor. What were once dis- music and news updates, do banking, has been doing for the past four years. ruptive technologies now are com- pay bills, locate long lost friends. We evaluate innovations, support in- modities. Technology can be the es- novators and help make available new tablishing base for innovation, but Our lives revolve around gadgets. technology to dairy farmers. We have people are the ones that drive it for- It has previously been said that inno- noted some great results. Some of the ward. Technology is really only the vation and use of gadgets are for the innovations championed thus far in- mechanics of the process. Real inno- open minded. American author and clude the dairy hub model, calf wean- vation is about great people generat- toy maker, Roger Von Oech, puts it ing formulations, feed pulverizers, ing and then implementing new succinctly: "Its easy to come up with producer group extension services, ideas." new ideas; the hard part is letting go billing software etc. Moses Nyabila of what worked for you two years ago, Regional Director—EADD but will soon be out of date." How Innovation is neither synonymous true! Consider this: By the click of a with, nor exclusively to the board- East Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 2
  3. 3. FEATURE East Africa Dairy Development Project Education might be crucial but a primary school graduate innova- tor is welding millions of shillings making a hardy dairy farm tool The Innovator H e bought a pulveriser on loan and dismantled it, piece by piece. That gave way to a business empire. Speak of beginning with the end in mind, and the story of Joseph Kimani Kiriri a.k.a Macharia gives validity to Stephen Covey’s first habit of successful peo- Farmers in Uganda using a pulverizer. ple. started by repairing cars but believed rest, as they say is history Armed with only a primary school that even though I lacked academic certificate and artisan training in me- credentials, my creativity would create “I have been working with the Kenyan chanics, 33 years old Joseph has something from scratch. After some- dairy sector and EADD for the last scored many firsts with thousands of time I quit as a mechanic and joined four years to market the pulveriser dairy farmers in East Africa. His inno- the repair and maintenance depart- and make it available in farms in vation, a localised pulveriser, is a sig- ment at Baraka Millers Factory in Kenya and beyond, including nificant equipment in their farms; po- Nakuru. I created a Mill Machine, on Rwanda.” sitioned as a competitive, affordable the first day of work.” He admits that it wasn’t until 2009 and and indispensable tool that is more 2010 that he has recorded rapid than 10 times, cheaper retailing at Pleased with the young talent, Jo- growth, a feat he credits to partnering kes35 000 (US$ 410) but equally effi- seph’s supervisor immediately moved with EADD, “when they (EADD) vis- cient as compared to imports or those him to the creative department. Dur- ited my workshop they bought 12 fabricated by established farm machin- ing his spare time, individual clients pieces which they gave to farmer asso- ery workshops that retail at Kes 200 contracted him to make milling ma- ciations. They even took some to 000 to 400 000 (US$ 2300—4700). chines. Eventually, Joseph quit and to Rwanda, and that’s when I established His workshop sells at least 25 ma- establish Nakuru Simba Machinery a market in Rwanda. EADD has in a chines per week, and has employed 26 and fabricators in 2003. way facilitated a way for me to meet people. Identified Need more customers and market.” “I concentrated on making local mills, His journey is evidence of the resil- choppers and feed mixers at afford- Changed fortunes ience of human spirit. able prices. However, on interaction The young innovator plans to retire at “I wore my first shoe at the age of 16, with farmers, I saw the demand for an by then I had dropped out of school 40, by which time he will have in- affordable pulveriser. vested in real estate. for lack of school fees. My parents had Driven by the prospect of making it 10 children to feed; and as one of the big in the end, I took a commercial elder kids, I was expected to contrib- loan and bought a generator and a Why Pulverizers ute to the family’s income. With such pulveriser and dismantled them –piece This machine helps small-scale farmers limited choices, I joined a local vehi- by piece- to study the science behind transport, store and stall, feed their cle garage to apprentice as a vehicle their making.” He says. ruminant animals with the bulky dry mechanic. It was better than walking forages they may have at hand, such as the streets looking for menial jobs. I A few iron sheets later he was down to grass and legume hays, fibrous crop work. Within a day, he had residues such as cereal stovers of The Risk made a simple pulveriser, how- maize, sorghum, millet, cereal straws “I took a commercial loan and ever it was inefficient. Two trials of rice, teff, wheat, barley, oats, and bought a generator and a pulver- later, hewould compete withprod- uct that still hadn’t made a the haulms of beans. Pulverizers shred this forage into lengths of a few millime- iser and dismantled them –piece imports. However, on the fourth ters. This reduces wastage by 30–60% by piece- to study the science be- trial, his first pulveriser was up and enhances the feed intake of farm hind their making.” and running and he already had animals by 30–60%. three orders paid by cash. The East Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 3
  4. 4. FEATURE East Africa Dairy Development Project Computing Cows Creating the link As he walked in for his first lesson in computer programming at Kenya’s Kenyatta University in 2005, Gideon Birgen felt as mismatched to the course as chalk is with cheese. He had never touched a computer before. East Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 4
  5. 5. East Africa Dairy Development Project“ The lecturer went on with the class assuming that everybodyknew what a mouse, a monitor, a The friend was will- ing to help, and took Gideon to the computer lab where The Dreamkeyboard etc, was. I did not even he conducted an a system that could automaticallyknow where the start button on the introductory sessiondesktop computer was,” Gideon on computer hard- link the farmer with his cow,Birgen recalls with muffled amuse-ment. Today, he is credited with de- ware, which in- trainings attended, calves delivered, cluded how to startveloping software that aided a chill- and shut down a and the dairy management groupsing plant located in his village proc- computer, how toess payment for farmers who deliv- use a mouse and he belonged to.ered their milk produce. basic navigation of the computer. HeClueless first contact was comfortableAs he walked into his first lesson in with a computer in less than a week. He dreamed of a system that couldcomputer programming at Kenyatta “I could open the programming tool automatically link the farmer withUniversity in 2005, Gideon Birgen and test codes without anybody’s his cow, trainings attended, calvesfelt as mismatched to the course as help. That is how I started my jour- delivered, and the dairy managementchalk is with cheese. He had joined ney with the computer, my passion groups he belonged to.the school to study a Bachelor’s of today.”Science course in Computer Science, He developed forms that capturedyet he had never touched a computer He had always delivered milk to data on performance. This enablesbefore. “I knew I had chosen a Tanykina dairy farmers business as- the farmer to decide to cull his cowwrong course,” he says. sociation chilling plant near his or not depending on the quantity of home, during holidays. One time, milk produced and the cost of main-As the other students switched on when on school break, he went to tenance.their computers and followed each the chilling plant and found farmers’instruction the lecturer gave, Gideon payroll being processed in an old They also capture animal health re-sat quietly in front of his, not under- and inefficient manner; using an ex- cords from where a farmer can knowstanding a single word not even cel spread sheet. “Certainly that was how often his animal falls sick, andtouching his machine. not the best way of storing data as it Artificial Insemination which re- was prone to errors,” he states. flects the cow’s conception rate.“I sat there wondering what I was “Records on animal health, artificialgoing to do in the entire course since Beginning at home insemination, and performance inI had not even done any computer Determined to help, Gideon devel- terms of milk production, are crucialpackages. The only computer I had oped a software that generates a pay- for any dairy animal and to a farmerseen before then was what I later out list, a statement and issues re- who wants to practise enterpriselearned was a monitor,” he adds ceipts to farmers automatically. dairy farming. If a farmer has reli-with laughter. What the accountants does is input able records on these, the worth of the identification number of the sup- the cow can be evaluated very eas-At the back of his mind, Gideon felt plier (farmer) and the quantity of ily,” he advises.certain that he would cope, he had milk supplied. “That marked the be-excelled in Physics and Mathemat- ginning of my programming life.” Gideon, who currently works at theics, in the Kenya Certificate of Sec- His most notable achievement is Kenya Dairy Farmers Federation asondary Education (KCSE) exam. “I however a program he developed for an Information Technology special-decided to stay on with the confi- the dairy industry. ist, intends to specialise in Softwaredence that my foundation in Physics Engineering, and innovate productsand Mathematics would see me Upon completing his studies in useful to a small-scale dairy farmer,through. I knew that I was not going 2008, Gideon joined the East Africa reveals the father of two.to fail.” Dairy Development (EADD) Project as an intern attached to TanykinaHe set out to work knowing that he Dairy Chilling Plant, in Eldoret atwas the most disadvantaged of his Kenya’s Rift Valley Province. Hisfellow students; they had all taken at first assignment was to help in redes-least a computer package. igning forms to be used in data col- lection and mobilisation of farmers.A scientific combination “I went a step further and designed Tabitha Onyinge is an independentImmediately after the trying lecture, an application to be used by the contributor from KenyaGideon informed a friend about the team in analysing the data collectedchallenges he was facing in class. from the field,” he shares.East Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 5
  6. 6. SMART FARMER East Africa Dairy Development Project Agnes picking cabbages in her shamba. Dairy cows have become a significance source of income for her family. She not only milks them but also uses their waste as manure which she applies to enrich her vegetable garden Study Tour Changed her Perception A few more farmers like her and agriculture would close its old book to open a new one. Agnes Namusoke, from Butale village in Uganda’s Masaka district husbandry in 2009. After the study tour, Agnes was convinced to estab- lish her first fodder plot and also cites conservation of feeds as a key lesson she took from the study tour. creasing amount of available milk. Her cows milk production increased to 14 litres per cow, their production have been steady and she sells some of the milk at UGX 500 (.20$)per joined a dairy farmers group in 2008. At first, Agnes struggled with the litre. The caretaker of 15 children Before then she was a small scale new ideas, “I had reservations about also learnt to apply the animal waste vegetable farmer utilizing a small silage and hay. Even after watching in her garden which greatly im- piece of land. “The harvest were a cow eat silage in Eldoret, Kenya proved the soils and boosted her poor most of the time, it was a strug- during the visit, I didn’t think my crop yields. She has expanded her gle” she says. cows would like it.” crop gardens to include cabbages, On joining a dairy group she ac- water melons and tomatoes and cur- cessed training in basic animal man- With support from her peers she dug rently harvests four boxes of toma- agement, she also participated in a a silage pit and made silage. She toes each month which she sells at field exchange study to Kenya to synchronized her 2 Friesian cows to UGX 50,000 (20$)a box. By Brian learn various appropriate animal conceive at the same time thus in- Kawuma Make Hay M argaret Nyaguthie is a dairy farmer and business woman benefiting from improvements in dairy farming around Mweiga area, Nyeri county, Central Kenya. With the number of farmers engaging in the business of milk production in- creasing in the last three years, a demand for affordable quality feeds increased. She has carved a niche as a fodder producer. During our visit, she mentions that her compound is much quiet as compared to seasons she is in business, but then can we see the rush green on the land sloping a few metres from the gate? “That is not weed,” she chuckles. In a few weeks she will harvest rhodes grass growing on the ten acre land. With a few farm hands she will make hay, a busi- ness she has managed with her husband for the last five years. She has put up a barn that holds 1000 bales of hay in a season. She sells a bale of hay for KES 400 ($4.7) during the dry months, when demand is high. East Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 6
  7. 7. COUNTRY UPDATES East Africa Dairy Development Project Uganda Sembabule transforms from Compiled by Brian Kawuma processor owned to farmer owned chilling plant Connecting Girls, Inspiring Future EADD in Uganda held a two day event dubbed,“Connecting girls, Inspiring Futures” to create awarenessamong women dairy groups on the opportunities for entrepre- S embabule Dairy Farmers Association, for- merly known as Sembabule SALL Chilling Plant finally transformed from a processor managed chilling plant to a farmer-managed milkneurship development in the dairy value chain. It also served as bulking and chilling business with the acquisitionan avenue to create collaborative linkages with other stake- through lease of a 3000 litre capacity cooler from Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limitedholders. (SALL), a leading milk processor in Uganda. The farmers now have full control of the managementSpeaking at the event, Mr. Edward Ssebunya the Regional Coor- and operations of the cooler.dinator, Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) urged womendairy groups to work with area cooperative enterprises (ACEs) inorder to access markets for their goods and services. In 2010, 541 members were mobilized to raise eq- uity through membership subscriptions and shareJane Kugonza, EADD feed specialist emphasized EADD’s com- capital to register their own cooperative, the Sem-mitment towards working with dairy farmers to increase women babule Dairy Farmers’ Association. The member-and youth participation in dairy-related activities at household, ship totals 640 to date. In May 2012, the coopera-community and market- tive deposited a refundable collateral of UGX 5.8ing level. She appealed million (US$2,320) as security for the milk cool-to the participants to ing equipment from SALL at a cost of UGXmobilize people, begin- 180,000($72) per month as rental fees deductedning from their families from milk sales and profits. It is projected that theto join and buy shares farmers will have finalized paying the balance toin dairy cooperatives. SALL in 10 months.She underscored theimportance of support- Initially, the farmers sold milk directly to SALL.ing each other through With their own cooperative farmers can now nego-training and marketing tiate for better prices with the processor. Already,of their products. as a group, they have successfully lobbied the Sem- babule Local government to construct the road to the remote areas to facilitate milk transportation. Partnering with Private Sector Foundation Project. The partnership makes a significant landmark on the road to strengthen- Through the partnership ing governance, management and dairy farmers will partici- accountability of cooperative leader- pate in a “Financial and ship and a huge step towards im- proving the incomes of the poor governance empowerment series Training” that will dairy farmer communities in the take place in a span of 9 country. months from April 2012 PSFU has a membership of over 250 to November 2012. The associations from different sectors. program aims at impart- Its services include capacity building ing skills on managing as well as lobbying and policy advo- agriculture as a business cacy. At the end of the program an award will be given to the winning co- and improving govern- H operative that would have demonstrated eifer International Uganda ance and management of dairy pro- the best practice. signed a capacity building ducer group enterprises. The target Memorandum of Under- trainees include executive members Other partnerships include; standing with Private Sector Foun- of the various dairy cooperative so- BrazAfric, Mt. Elgon Seed, BUBUSI dation Uganda (PSFU). The MOU cieties cooling/chilling plant manag- feed mill, NaLRRI/ASARECA pro- provides Capacity building for 540 ers and extension workers. The pro- jects and Pride Microfinance for in- members of the executive commit- gram will involve structured train- puts, feed processing equipments, tees drawn from 50 Dairy farmer ings, mentoring and coaching of and credit services. Cooperatives supported by the East farmers in handling dairy products. Africa Dairy Development (EADD)East Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 7
  8. 8. East Africa Dairy Development Project Kenya Strategic Partnerships T Compiled by Jane Kithuka aragoon dairies formed a partnership with Jogoo machinery, sup- pliers of farm equipments in Rift Valley province of Kenya. The partnership means that dairy farmers affiliated to Ta- ragoon will access chuff cutters, through the cooperative’ credit system. Chuff cutter is a tool for preparation of ensi- lage, and comes in handy especially during dry seasons. It ensures wastage of fodder is minimized. The farmers in Ta- ragoon had expressed challenges in purchasing the tool on a cash basis. Still on partnerships, Chepkorio Dairy Company LimitedMetkei Multipurpose Company was formed partnership with Buzeki Dairy, a milk processor forawarded distributorship by Kenya seed and NCPB to the supply of fertilizers to Chepkorio. The fertilizer will besell both seeds and fertilizers through the cooperatives sold through the dairy agrovet and will enable farmers tooutlets. Metkei has also secured another dealership access supplies through check off system.with solar aid to sell solar panels to their farmers; byend of April 2012, over 150 households were installedwith solar. Asset Financing TrainingCherobu multipurpose dairy company also opened anew collection center at Cheplanget market. The cen-ter targets to reach an additional 300 farmers and ex-pects to bulk an average of 1500 kg’s of milk per day. Milk reception at Siongiroi J Cooperatives show case uhudi Kilimo, an entity that provides innovative asset products at breeders show financing and training to smallholder farmers and enter-The breeders show for South Rift and Kericho, was a prises in rural communities in Kenya partnered withshining moment for some producer organizations. EADD in training farmers in some cooperatives. This part-During the South Rift Breeders show, the best Heifer nership resulted in 70 women and youth from Sot and 38(Aryshire) was from a dairy farmer affiliated with Sot women and youth from Siongiroi receiving training in Assetdairy company. financing.In Kericho, the second best heifer was awarded to a Financial Services Expandfarmer registered with Cherobu Multipurpose Dairy Enhancing access to finance for farmers is on a high as Tin-Company. The recognition of farmers from EADD deret dairy company joins the fray, having successfully reg-supported cooperatives goes to prove that there is istered Financial Service Activities (Village Bank). Theadoption of best practices in animal health and feed- company was successful split into Tinderet and Lessosing among farmers. While many more farmers need to Dairy Farmers Cooperative.be reached, the winning few could act as a learning Mean while, Tanykina dairy plant has initiated a partnershipexample. We congratulate the winning farmers. with cooperative bank which will enable Tanykina FSA and Sacco members access ATM services. The partnership is dubbed “FedhaLink.” The agreement means that an ATM machine is installed at the dairy plant premises. The Milk chilling enterprise also rolled out their website www.tanykinadairies.comEast Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 8
  9. 9. East Africa Dairy Development Project Rwanda Compiled by Jacqueline Kayitesi Rwandans Consume More Unprocessed MilkE ADD Rwanda commissioned a milk consumer survey so as to inform project design and various stakeholder on market dynamics in Rwanda. The survey resultsindicated that 70% of the Rwandan population consume milkwith 92% of these, consuming unprocessed milk distributedby alternative or informal markets. This projects the informal sector as the most significant market outlet for milk and that diary development programs and investors should pay keen attention. To set the pace, Stakeholders in dairy discuss consumer survey EADD is using these findings to engage with government in results policy making that will hopefully recognise informal markets. Working with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, EADD continues to meet with groups of key stakeholders from government, NGOs, and the private sector, to create awareness of the Consumer Survey information and facilitate its uptake. Management updates Its a Wrap! For ABS-TCM in Rwanda Mr Elisee KAMANZI takes over as Rwanda Country Program Manager. He replaced Mr.A frica Breeders Services– Total Cattle Management (ABS-TCM) Dennis Karumuzi who bid the team wrapped up its operations in EADD Rwanda in April, 2012. farewell in March 2012.During the last four years, ABS achieved its deliverables and contributed Mr. Benjamin ZIGAMASABO, the ICRAFsignificantly in improving breeds in EADD operational sites in Rwanda. Team Leader, also couples up as ProductionEADD is scaling down its operations in Rwanda in preparation for Team Leader.exit in 2013.A key outcome of ABS in Rwanda is building strong working relationship Mr. John HAGUMA, who had thus farwith the government agricultural board and elevating the importance of served the Project as Investment Advisor,AI. This is touted as key in ensuring continuity of support in AI service took over the role of HPI Team Leaderprovision in areas of project interventions. Ms Lindsay Hagan, joined EADD in January, 2012 as a consultant. She has been instrumental in facilitating the analysis and Modern Milk Collection Centers For disemmination of the consumer survey results to the government and stakeholders Farmers in the dairy sector.70 farmers cooperatives are set to develop milk collection centres (MCC’s)with support of the Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources throughthe Livestock Infrastructure Support Programme (LISP). Part of thebeneficiary cooperatives include 7 EADD sites. The sites are Nyagatare,Isangano, Mudacos, Ngarama, Muhazi and Gahengeri sites whereconstruction has already began.Hygiene for locally processed milk and milk products still poses problemsas dairies and milk product processing plants get milk from differentsuppliers. MCC’s remedy the situation, as they help farmers properly storemilk.In related development, Rwabiharamba, Isangano and Matimba haveentered into agreements with the Rwanda Milk quality initiative to acquiremilk transporting tanks and milk coolers in an effort to increase milkchilling capacityEast Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 9
  10. 10. East Africa Dairy Development ProjectEADD at East and South African Dairy Conference and Exhibition in PicturesEADD participated in Africa Dairy Conference and Exhibition in April. The President of the republic of Kenya, H.E Mwai Kibaki attended theevent as guest of honor. Heifer International, VP for Africa Programmes was a keynote speaker. The theme of this year conference was “DrivingCompetitiveness through Technology.” See EADD’s participation captured in pictures below.East Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 10
  11. 11. News East Africa Dairy Development Project UNDP– Africa Facility for Inclusive Markets to Partner with EADDT he United Nations Development To meet this need, EADD project Programme – Africa Facility for has already mobilized innovative Inclusive Markets (UNDP- extension service structures em-AFIM) has declared its interest to sup- bedded in cooperatives/ farmerport EADD Project. Discussions are organizations. The aptly namedunderway to provide USD 150 000 grant hub based extension servicesto pilot test innovative cooperative consisted of over 750 extensiondriven advisory/extension services pro- advisors, 535 animal healthgrams that demonstrate the benefits and workers, 320 AI technicians andvalue of collaborating with other value 109 agrovet shops by close ofchain actors like processors , input sup- 2011. Thus the grant shall buildpliers, banks, public extension programs. on already existing efforts and towards building the capacity ofSince the decline of government- cooperatives in business develop-sponsored extension systems, little atten- ment services, setting up exten- the economic transformation of thetion has been given to rural agricultural sion services and agrovet shops across countries in the region.advisory services. the districts and setting up new chilling According to Moses Nyabila, EADD satellite centres to collect milk and link- project Regional Director, the 1 yearThis challenges small holder farmers ing them to markets and processors. UNDP grant will make part of a consoli-because productive dairying requires dated fund that EADD is mobilizingskills that most farmers lack such as It is envisioned that this will build an from key development partners includ-application of feed technology, diagno- efficient value chain, thereby transform- ing bilateral organizations and govern-sis of diseases, milk handling and qual- ing the lives of farmers to create a vi- ments. The UNDP-AFIM partnershipity etc. brant dairy industry that contributes to will pilot in Uganda and Kenya. B&MGF Approves EADD Cost Extension T he Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has approved supplemental funding for EADD. This one year funding extends the life of According to the Gates Foundation, this represents the largest amount the Foundation has ever granted for a supplement for any of their grants. the project to June 30, 2013. Many thanks to the hardworking teams at HQ and the field offices of These funds will continue to sup- Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and EADD port activities in Rwanda, where Regional offices for their efforts in EADD is winding down, Kenya the development of this cost exten- and Uganda, where it is continu- sion. ing, and new activity in Ethiopia and Tanzania, which will beMetkei Multipurpose dairy, one of cooperatives partner- added to the project in Phase II.ing with EADD Stakeholder Consultative Workshops Inform EADD2 DevelopmentA s the Roman philosopher in greater detail about the dairy pro- private, public and academic sectors Seneca said, the best ideas gram, determining the feasibility of including veterinarians, feed proces- are common property. To its implementation and assessing the sors, milk processors, farm represen-capture the best ideas for dairy de- stakeholders interest in participating tatives, regulators, research scien-velopment, EADD has conducted a in its implementation. tists.series of multi stakeholder consulta-tions in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia During the stakeholder workshopand Kenya. The goal was to bring in Uganda, Irene Muwanguzi,together various stakeholders in a Heifer Uganda Country Directorneutral forum for sharing ideas, underscored the importance of thebuilding consensus and developing workshops. She noted the impor-commitment to EADD project as it tance of ensuring the plans wereprepares a proposal for phase two. consistent with the host govern-Participants got to know one an- ment dairy plans. The workshopsother, understand each other’s views were facilitated by PICO team,and create some first steps together. who are independent facilitatorsThere was a genuine desire to learn and gathered representatives from Participants during a recent stakeholder workshop in Nairobi, KenyaEast Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 11
  12. 12. East Africa Dairy Development ProjectImprintContributors: Brian Kawuma, Jane Kithuka, JacquelineKayitesi, Moses Nyabila, Ann MbiruruEdited by: Ann MbiruruEast Africa Dairy Development—ProjectRegional OfficeP.O Box 74388-00200, Nairobi,Email: eadd@eadairy.orgI: www.eadairy.org ; eadairy.wordpress.comLike us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/EADDProjectThe East Africa Dairy Development project is a regionalindustry development program led by Heifer International inpartnership with International Livestock Research Institute(ILRI), TechnoServe, the World AgroforestryCentre (ICRAF) and the African Breeders Service Total Cat-tle Management (ABS-TCM).The project is being implemented in Kenya, Rwanda andUganda.East Africa Dairy Development News Volume 9 12

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