Agricultural Innovations Poised to Transform Agriculture in Kenya
Buy Malawi Campaign
Farmer to Farmer Lebanon - Apple Pruning
From Farm to Market: Improving Uganda's Dairy Industry - Long Version
From Farm to Market: Improving Uganda's Dairy Industry - Short Version
Geisler brings calf expertise to Lebanon through Farmer-to-Farmer
HACCP Training through Farmer-to-Farmer Lebanon
Innovations in Action
Kenya Semi-Arid Livestock Enhancement Support and Taita Taveta Trade Show
Mary Rono: A Cooperative Leader
President Obama mentions M-Farm during Kenya visit
Reuniting Broken Ties through Cooperative and Enterprise Partnerships
Strengthening Value Chains in Malawi
Village Innovation Opens Minds
Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine (KFIE), funded by the United States Agency for International Development, identifies innovative agricultural technologies, coaches and mentors selected innovators, and facilitates wide-scale commercialization of high-impact solutions to farmer-identified needs.
On February 26th 2014, KFIE announced the winners of its first open and competitive call for innovations in agriculture and nutrition. This video highlights the award recipients and their innovations.
Published on January 14, 2015
Published on January 25, 2017
Land O'Lakes International Development's Farmer-to-Farmer program shares best practices for apple pruning in Lebanon.
Over a 20 year period, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Land O'Lakes International Development has assisted with the revitalization of Uganda’s dairy sector through programs that have focused on improving productivity and hygiene at the farm level, forming cooperatives and producer groups, assisting with artificial insemination and introducing improved cattle breeds, training in business practices and marketing, and bringing processors together.
Gary Geisler, a calf and heifer specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc., recently completed a volunteer assignment in Lebanon to educate farmers on calf raising management. Geisler volunteered through the Farmer-to-Farmer Program in the Middle East and North Africa region.
As part of a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment, three Land O'Lakes, Inc. Senior Quality Managers led a HACCP training course at the American University of Beirut. Watch what students, instructors and food manufacturers have to say about the course.
See the latest video from our Tanzania -- Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE) to Promote Household Food Security program. After establishing a locally-led coalition to lead this program, we are testing and scaling up agricultural innovations, and promoting an enabling environment that is more conducive for women's leadership in the agricultural sector. The program aims to increase food security and nutrition across Tanzania.
The Kenya Semi-Arid Livestock Enhancement Support (K-SALES) project, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), aims to increase productivity in semi-arid areas, improve the competitiveness of the livestock value chain and increase trade of livestock products. This video focuses on how the project is accomplishing these objectives and features the trade show organized by K-SALES in Taita Taveta County.
The lush green fields of Kenya's Rift Valley are home to thousands of small-scale dairy farmers like Mary Rono. Initially selling her milk as an individual producer, Rono and others like her were forced to peddle their milk to informal traders who paid low prices and infrequently picked up their milk. But, with the assistance of USAID and Land O'Lakes International Development, Rono is now heading a cooperative in a community that once shunned female leadership, and farmers she has inspired are finally enjoying the profits they deserve.
Published on July 27, 2015
During his July 26, 2015 remarks at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi, Kenya, President Obama recognizes Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine innovator Jamila Abass, CEO and co-founder of M-Farm, as an example of young Kenyan who gives him hope for Kenya's future.
Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Land O'Lakes International Development helped rebuild dairy value chains in parts of Sri Lanka and Kenya through the Dairy Enhancement in Eastern Province (DEEP) program and the Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program (KDSCP). Both countries experienced conflicts that tore apart communities along ethnic, tribal or religious lines, which also impacted local economies and quality of life for smallholder farmers. In Sri Lanka, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami also gravely affected the country. By collaborating with conflict-affected communities, particularly in rural areas, Land O'Lakes helped dairy farmers and other value chain actors strengthen their practices to improve productivity and profits. Land O'Lakes also worked with farmers to form cooperative networks that engaged them in open dialogue and trust building. This process empowered farming families and communities to rebuild broken ties, revitalize local economies and improve food security.
Land O’Lakes International Development aims to take a light touch approach in helping to develop strong, functioning value chains. In Malawi, most families rely on farming to make a living, but poor infrastructure, high input costs and limited areas of land for cultivation have contributed to high food insecurity in certain areas. Since 1999, our programs in Malwai have worked to increase income from farming while enabling better nutrition for families while also assisting with business development for private sector input providers. The success of a previous program, the Malawi Dairy Development Alliance program, and participants involved in a current Food for Progress program are detailed in this video.
Women form 52 percent of Tanzania’s agricultural workforce and carry out most of the sector’s labor activities, including harvesting, transporting and processing. Yet, they have limited decision-making power when it comes to agriculture because of their reduced access to financial resources, inputs and land ownership.
Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Land O’Lakes is piloting a bold approach to catalyze innovations that will enhance women’s participation in the agriculture sector and help improve food security and nutrition across Tanzania.
After establishing a locally-led coalition to lead this program, we are testing and scaling up agricultural innovations using locally available materials, and promoting an enabling environment that is more conducive for women's leadership in the agricultural sector.
Date created: 1/25/2017
Date created: 2/2/2016
Farmer-to-Farmer program volunteers led a training course on HACCP, a food safety management system.
Date created: 11/2/2015
Learn more about how K-SALES is increasing productivity in semi-arid areas of Kenya and improving the competitiveness of the livestock value chain by watching this video.
Date created: 7/27/2015
President Obama mentions Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine innovator Jamila Abass, founder of M-Farm, in his July 26, 2015 remarks.
Date created: 6/10/2015
Kenyan dairy farmer Mary Rono is a trailblazer, establishing and leading a cooperative in a community where the concepts of a cooperative and female leadership were unfamiliar.
Date created: 3/20/2015
Rebuilding fractured relationships and improving livelihoods through dairy cooperatives in Sri Lanka and Kenya
Date created: 1/14/2015
This video details Land O’Lakes International Development’s technical expertise in value-chain development, with a focus on our past and current programs in Malawi.
As part of a Food for Progress program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Land O'Lakes International Development has launched a Buy Malawi public awareness campaign to boost domestic demand for locally grown and processed agricultural products.
Date created: 12/15/2014
Gary Geisler volunteered in Lebanon to train farmers on improved calf raising management.
Date created: 10/21/2014
Find out how Tanzania women scale up agricultural innovations.