Improving livestock value chain's competitiveness to increase productivity
In semi-arid regions of Kenya, Land O’Lakes International Development is working to improve the livestock value chain’s competitiveness through the Kenya Semi-Arid Livestock Enhancement Support (K-SALES) Project, an FFP funded by USDA.
K-SALES is increasing agricultural productivity in the sector by developing Business Service Providers (BSPs), facilitating farmer field schools, increasing access to clean water, improving on-farm and off-farm infrastructure, and facilitating agricultural lending. K-SALES is also expanding trade of agricultural products in the livestock sector by providing training in post-harvest handling and processing, and developing the business capacity of cooperatives and industry associations. We are working with BSPs who are committed to reaching smallholder and vulnerable households, and are knowledgeable of the resources, needs, constraints and opportunities of local target communities. These partnerships are facilitating sustainable and innovative business models, new technologies and investments, and a responsive financial services sector. K-SALES is helping create a more inclusive, competitive and efficient livestock sector by reducing drought-related losses, building the technical capacity of value chain actors and reducing marketing inefficiencies.
By targeting key value chain points and providing $6 million in competitive sub-awards to pertinent firms, K-SALES is applying a demand-driven, private sector-facilitative approach to help businesses grow and build linkages with livestock smallholders. Targeting six counties in semi-arid area zone 2, this initiative will directly benefit 300,000 Kenyan livestock-dependent, vulnerable household members, including 60,000 livestock producers and 3,200 agribusinesses, including women-owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); inputs wholesalers; retailers and exporters on a national level.
A group of farmers just outside of Nyeri are now selling their eggs to the Aberdare Country Club thanks to an agreement facilitated by K-YES.
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