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           Policy and Institutional Analysis 

The project worked with stakeholders in the dairy sub-sector to contribute to the policy debate and provide information and analysis to support the policymaking process. ...more





            Characterization and Diagnosis

Household and market level surveys were carried out to characterize the dairy sub-sector in Kenya. The data collected were used to identify constraints, test hypotheses and  develop recommendations with partners. Conventional analyses were conducted with spatial analysis. Kiambu, Central and Western districts were covered by surveys. 

           Validation and Dissemination

The project worked together with farmers and small-scale market agents to test, adapt and validate technologies in the field. The project also disseminated extension materials to extension staff and farmers. 

SDP consulted with traders and dairy experts to establish specifications for the "ideal" milk container that met the traders' needs .

Extension and training materials on fodder preparation and milk preservation were developed in English, Kikuyu and Swahili.

Project objectives

Between 1997 and 2005, the Smallholder Dairy Project (SDP) carried out research and development activities to support sustainable improvements to the livelihoods of poor Kenyans through their participation in the dairy sub-sector. SDP was jointly implemented by the Ministry of  Livestock and Fisheries Development, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)...more 

SDP's influence on pro-poor policy reform

Though SDP ended in March 2005, it has had a positive influence on legislative change and pro-poor policy reform in Kenya. In April 2006, the Minister for Livestock Development presented the new Dairy Development Policy to stakeholders. This marked the final consultative step before the new policy and accompanying Dairy Industry Bill are presented to Parliament. The new dairy policy openly acknowledges the role of informal milk markets in the development of the sector and will help to legitimize small-scale milk traders, subject to them being trained and certified in milk hygiene.

Process and Partnership for Pro-Poor Policy Change Project 
This project-carried out by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)-involved, among other activities, a case study on SDP and the processes that led to dairy policy reform and increased support for the informal milk sector. Read more in the project report.

Smallholder dairying in policymaking 
This section of the ILRI website contains issue briefs and updates relevant to pro-poor dairy policies.

2004 Kenya Smallholder Dairy Project website

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