The dairy sector in the highlands of Kenya is dominated by smallholders and upcoming (semi-)commercial farmers. It is characterized by low productivity, limited availability of chilling in rural areas, processing plants working below capacity, fluctuating prices, fluctuating demands due to fasting and informal dairy markets resulting in high emissions per kilogram of milk and low climate resilience. The development of a well-functioning sustainable market-oriented dairy value chain needs to be supported. A higher efficiency in the chain will reduce losses and subsequently contribute to a better climate smart dairy chain.
This applied research project is an organized effort to identify sustainable business models and gender-inclusive scaling up strategies contributing to improved food security through climate smart dairy value chain development in Kenya and Ethiopia.