Reuniting Broken Ties through Cooperative and Enterprise Partnerships

Originally published on March 20, 2015.

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.