Easing bottlenecks to uptake of dairy farming in western Kenya

If we want to have quality and sufficient milk in developing countries like Kenya then we must support the small-scaled farmers. Such farmers usually depend on native genetic resources and having a very in depth relations with the animals. Their production system is very eco-friendly and efficient in all ways. Their carbon, water and energy foot print is very appreciable.

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The western region of Kenya is not a traditional dairy production area, albeit having substantial resources that can support dairying. The region has, in the past, been left out of most dairy development initiatives in the country and its potential to contribute to the dairy sector, which accounts for 8% of Kenya’s GDP, is yet to be fully exploited.

Through the recently launched Feed the Future Kenya Accelerating Value Chain Development (AVCD) program, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is partnering with county governments and other actors to promote dairy production in western Kenya. The dairy value chain component of the AVCD program seeks to improve milk production, productivity and availability at household level across six counties—Busia, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Migori, Siaya and Vihiga—in the region.

A new project seeks to enhance dairy productivity for improved livelihoods of livestock keepers in western Kenya.

Since its inception at the start of 2016, AVCD…

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Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Dairy (Camel Farm), Alain, UAE. I had worked as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan and Organizer of the Group Camel4Life. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI).

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