Project Information

PI nameAlexander Kahi
Project titleCapacity Building for Strengthening the Livestock Value Chain (CoELIB)
PartnersQ Point
  • HAS University
  • RaboBank
  • DLV
  • Growth Africa
Grant amountEUR 1.1 million
Project StatusOngoing
Project LocationKenya and Netherlands
Project description This project aims to fill a significant capacity gap in the design, development and operation of an agribusiness incubator and centre of excellence that is gender sensitive and meets the needs of the livestock value chain (LVC). At institutional level, the livestock sector has been slow in transforming to global competitiveness, has poor alignment between research, education, training, extension, business development, entrepreneurship and has not been gender sensitive. At human resource level, young graduates and potential entrepreneurs are ill-prepared and ill-equipped for business development. Consequently, most expect to be employed rather than become job creators. For livestock production to be sustainable, it is imperative to improve on the efficiency of the LVC to allow for adoption of more integrated and holistic approaches. Adoption of these approaches requires stakeholders that are practically oriented, entrepreneurial and conversant with the different livestock technologies, innovations and management practices (LTIMP). In additional extension services provide to them should be of the correct quality and quantity. This project also aims to provide practical training and extension and outreach services on LTIMP that are labour market oriented, gender sensitive and pay sufficient attention to business development and entrepreneurship. This project is a logical outcome of an earlier projects that built the capacity for management of indigenous livestock (iLINOVA) and delivered competent graduates for enhanced competitiveness in the dairy sector and the experiences will be transferred to the whole livestock sector. Capacity is needed to operate a sustainable incubator and centre of excellence that are profitable.
Project Start01/10/2016
Project End30/09/2020
Expected outputsOutput 1: The academic and organisational capacity of Egerton University to manage and operate a Centre of Excellence for Livestock Innovation and Business (CoELIB) with regional scope that is labour market oriented and gender sensitive strengthened. Output 2: The academic and organisational capacity of Egerton University to manage and operate a successful agribusiness incubator in the livestock value chain (LVC) with an international scope that benefits young graduates and innovative entrepreneurs strengthened.