Project Information

PI nameProf. Bebe Bockline
Project titleInnovations for Sustainable and Profitable Intensification of Smallholder Dairy in Kenya (ISPID)
PartnersWOTRO, Netherlands, Food & Business Applied Research Fund
Collaborators
  • Godfrey Nyangori, Mtakatifu Clara, Kenya
  • Jan vander Lee, Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR, Netherlands
  • Bockline Omedo Bebe, Egerton University, Kenya
Grant amountEURO 254, 725.00
Project StatusOngoing
Project LocationNakuru, Nandi and Nyandarua Counties, Kenya
Project descriptionIntensification processes of smallholder dairy as presently promoted in Kenya for economic development is failing to adequately empower smallholders in applying integrated management practices for sustainable and profitable dairying. Consequently, the risks are high for accelerating externalities and for loss of livelihood opportunities from dairying. This project is proposing to apply the principles of research-into-use and knowledge co-creation to empower the ultimate and intermediate target groups with capacity to integrate knowledge, skills and attitude change in applying: (i) Good Dairy Management Practices for assuring product safety to consumers; (ii) Efficient resource use for increasing herd productivity and incomes with minimized externalities of intensification; (iii) Better understanding of development interventions supportive to inclusive sustainable dairy intensification for the vulnerable groups; (iv) Strategies for building resilience to climatic and market shocks and buffering feed and market seasonality; and (v) Reduction of postharvest milk losses and increasing value adding to milk.
Project Start23/01/2016
Project End19/01/2019
Expected outputs• To assess extent of present application of and train farmers to apply, the Good Dairy Management Practices (GDMP) for assuring milk and dairy product safety to consumers • To assess present status of and train farmers to apply, efficient resource use for increasing herd productivity and incomes with minimized externalities of intensification • To characterise, identify and recommend for promotion of the development intervention models better supportive to inclusive sustainable dairy intensification for the vulnerable groups • To evaluate, determine and train farmers to apply strategies to build resilience to climatic and market shocks and buffering feed and market seasonality • To determine hotspots of postharvest milk losses and train farmers in milk value addition options to reduce postharvest losses and increase quality and market value of milk and milk products for remunerative returns to farmers.