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

Currently working as Technical Manager Al Ain Dairy Camel Farm, UAE. Before, worked as Prof & Dean Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan. My thematic areas are; research policy, Turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal, extensive livestock production systems. Author is the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES) Founder of the Camel Association​ of Pakistan Organizer of the Group Camel4Life. As a freelance scientist working (as a member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). My focused area of research is the characterization, documentation, and reporting of the indigenous livestock breeds (AnGR) and effort for recognition of the native genetic resources at policy levels. Thinking of natural resources especially, biodiversity and efforts for their judicial use and conservation in the context of climate change and food security is my dream.

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