Enhancing livestock-based livelihoods in Kenya's semi-arid lands
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Bringing water closer to home
Farmers and their livestock enjoy the rehabilitated Makongoni water point. Facing death of their livestock due to dehydration during the dry season, farmers would walk up to 10 kilometers to find water. K-SALES has been constructing and rehabilitating water points.
Enhancing the trade of livestock products
Working with local partners, K-SALES is enhancing the quality of livestock and livestock products. As of October 2015, the project has successfully renovated six slaughterhouses and trained over 3,000 individuals on meat processing practices that ensure food safety and quality. K-SALES is also linking producers of meat and value-added products, like leather bags and bone jewelry, to markets.
To learn more about K-SALES, view a PDF copy of the project brochure.
Farmers benefit from rehabilitated water points
Charles proudly displays the crops he was able to grow on his farm, made possible by the rehabilitation of a nearby water point. As of October 2015, K-SALES has established or rebuilt 72 water points in partnership with local partners. The project also works with Water Users Associations (WUAs) to improve their capacity to effectively manage the water points.
Learning about livestock disease prevention
A farmer practices administering deworming medication to her goat during a FFS session. As of July 2015, K-SALES had trained over 18,000 farmers through FFSs.
Linking farmers with business service providers
Trade shows link smallholder farmers with business service providers and suppliers. Here a trade show attendee receives an ATM card after opening an account at Post Bank's booth. K-SALES has partnered with financial institutions that not only offer farmers banking services and access to loans but also provide financial literacy training.
Livelihoods dependent on livestock
The livestock industry provides up to 95% of family income in Kenya's semi-arid eastern and coastal regions, but these households face poverty and hunger due to many challenges. Take a look at how our K-SALES program is transforming lives in this region by increasing agricultural productivity in the livestock sector and expanding the trade of livestock products.
Trade shows promote learning
The trade shows serve as a platform to expose attendees to technologies and techniques for improved production, making the shows great learning experiences. In addition to being able to attend formal seminars at the show, attendees can view and learn about different breeds and recommended rearing practices at the livestock exhibit. Here a farmer admires a cow on exhibit at the Tharaka Nithi trade show.
You are never too old to go to school
K-SALES uses Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) to encourage adoption of recommended practices. FFSs train farmers in topics like farm management, herd management, and livestock disease prevention using an experiential, peer-to-peer learning approach, in which farmers put the guiding approaches into practice and share their experiences with their peers.
Become a volunteer
If you would like to gain international work experience, offer expertise to those in need, and see a new part of the world, why not volunteer? As the implementer for F2F in the Middle East and North Africa region, Land O’Lakes takes care of all travel arrangements and expenses relating to the assignment. See the list of available international volunteer opportunities.
Pictured: Volunteer Stephen Petersen (right), from Alaska, with beekeeper Hersham Kareem.
Helping to grow businesses
We believe small and growing businesses represent an effective avenue for job creation and sustainably lifting communities out of poverty. As part of his assignment, Calvin Covington (back row, center) conducted a Business / Strategic Planning training for associations in Egypt. Here, he poses in front of one of the co-op offices.
How sweet it is
Ranee May conducts a visit to an ice cream processing unit in Egypt. She visited five ice cream processing units and conducted training course, which was attended by representatives from four processors.
Meet our volunteers
Since 1987, Land O’Lakes International Development has fielded volunteers who are U.S. citizens and green card holders to 27 countries via The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program. Volunteers complete short-term assignments to address the needs of agribusinesses, farmers and support organizations. A recent batch of volunteers returned from Egypt. Meet a few of them.
Passing along agricultural knowledge
Volunteer Dr. James Litsinger (left) during his visit to tomato fields. He carried out farm visits and presented field seminars in a number of villages as part of his assignment "Integrated Pest Management for Tomato Growers".
Providing technical assistance
Marilyn Phillips visited dairy and honey processing units to assist with packaging, labeling and marketing. She also conducted a seminar and provided on-job recommendations.
Sharing a passion for livestock
Judith Moses on a visit to a sheep farm. During her assignment, she presented a seminar for the members of the Egyptian Association for Sheep and Goat Producers.
Sharing our cooperative expertise
Did you know Land O’Lakes is one of the largest cooperatives in the United States? We leverage almost a century of experience, business success and technical expertise to address the specific challenges faced by small and growing businesses in emerging markets. Dr. Howard J. Woodard (back row, second from left) trained farmers on land preparation and soil fertility improvement during his volunteer assignment. While in Egypt, he also visited a number of associations and cooperatives.
Working together to fight noxious weeds
Volunteer Sudeep Mathew (right) conducts a field visit during his assignment “Noxious Weed Control”.
Creativity on display
Stella Malangu smiles after using the rice winnower prototype she helped design and develop. Tanzanian women show us how inventive and creative farmers can be when they have community-centered technology and design training at their disposal.
Palm oil extraction
Mwanahamisi Goha’s palm oil technology design group, called Jitegeme Group, consists of two women and three men. They collectively developed the palm oil extracting machine prototype pictured, which can extract 20 liters of palm oil in 30 minutes. This is a major improvement, because standard models typically take four hours to extract the same amount of palm oil (a popular product on local markets) and require two people to operate instead of one.
Amina Hussein, Veronica Hogo and fellow members of Lupiro technology design group test their rice threshing prototype, which they designed using locally available and affordable materials.
Shelling ground nuts
Arafa Mwingiliera and Habiba Njaa shell ground nuts using a prototype they developed with three other group members. This technology can shell up to 20 kilograms of peanuts in just five minutes – an amount that used to take an entire day when shelling peanuts using their bare hands. Women in Southern Tanzania often sell peanuts as snacks along the roadside to passers-by and use them in place of cooking oil to season vegetables. Peanuts are high in protein and calories, making them a good source of nutrition and energy, especially for young children.
Dairy Delivery Begins
Farmers begin delivering their morning milk to the cooperative, and ensure it is chilled within two hours of milking, in order to prevent spoilage.
Developing low-technology animal traction and transport
Our Mozambique Food for Progress program is working in partnership with Tillers International to develop low-tech tools for animal traction and transport that can ease farmers' labor burdens and improve their market access. The workshop is located at the local vocational training institute, where Land O'Lakes has helped the school develop its first-ever dairy development curriculum.
Farmers scaling up production
Smallholders in Mozambique's Manica province never engaged in dairy farming historically, and many struggled to make a sustainable income off of crops, often harvesting only once a year. Land O'Lakes introduced dairy development to Manica province beginning in 2008. Raising dairy cattle has changed life in enormously positive ways for people like Monica Joao. The retiree can manage her animals' care and feeding by herself, she has a year-round income that enables her to budget, and she's even started building a new home for herself with the proceeds.
Innovative animal traction and transport
Through the program's partnership with Tillers International, the USDA-funded Mozambique Food for Progress program is developing and scaling up innovative low-technology tools for animal traction and transport, which reduce the labor burdens they face in farming.
Milk is tested and added to chilling tank
At Gondola Dairy Cooperative, one of the centers established through the Mozambique Food for Progress Program, a worker adds members' milk to the chilling tank after it has been tested. The milk is then picked up for processing later in the day by DanMoz, the only processor in the district.
Processor DanMoz transforms farmers' milk into yogurt and cheese
The investors who purchased DanMoz, the only processors in Mozambique's Manica province, say that the presence of Land O'Lakes International Development's USDA-funded Food for Progress Program was what incentivized them to buy the plant. As the program's dairy farmers are among the only ones in the province producing fresh dairy, DanMoz has committed to purchasing 100 percent of whatever they produce. Currently, they're producing an array of cheeses and flavored yogurts, but intend to move into producing ice cream soon, as well.
Access to clean water aids in good hygiene practices
Whether to quench thirst, wash hands, flush a toilet or shower, most people don’t think about how often they need water until they don’t have it. Through the program, hand pumps were installed in 159 schools and 150 water coolers were provided to 140 schools.
Clean drinking water enables consistent school attendance
Imamzadi enjoys a glass of clean drinking water. Prior to the program, "I would leave school with my friends to use the washroom at neighbors’ houses, and they always scolded us. It made me feel bad about myself," she explains. Now she says, "I don't want to miss a day at school."
Enriching the lives of schoolgirls in Jacobabad, Pakistan
Imamzadi (second from left) and her friends toast with glasses of from the water cooler provided by Land O'Lakes International Development. The lack of clean drinking water and sanitation systems at Government Girls Primary Schools (GGPS) in Jacobabad, Pakistan kept girls from attending school regularly.
Filling water cans from the public tanker
Land O’Lakes International Development installed clean water points and sanitation systems that changed life for Imamzadi and thousands of girls in Jacobabad. Direct water supply connections from the filtration plant were constructed for 24 schools; 19 of them also were provided with electric water coolers.
The journey to collect water
In Jacobabad, drinking water facilities are uncommon, with the typical water supply journeying from the central filtration plant on the outskirts of town to houses, schools and other areas via donkey carts — a trip that often involves unhygienic transportation processes.
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