Diversification of diets: a community-led solution that improves nutritional outcomes in Kenya’s pastoral communities
AVCD / Crops / Diet / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Pastoralism / Value chains

Diversification of diets: a community-led solution that improves nutritional outcomes in Kenya’s pastoral communities

In northern Kenya, thousands of people suffer from acute malnutrition. This dryland region experiences low rainfall, high temperatures and has poor soils, which lead to poor harvests and inadequate pastures for livestock. The region hence suffers significant food insecurity which results in high levels of malnutrition, particularly among women and children. Limited knowledge of appropriate … Continue reading

Promoting better agricultural practices of drought-tolerant crops in farming communities
AVCD / Crops / East Africa / ICRISAT / Kenya / Livelihoods / Value chains

Promoting better agricultural practices of drought-tolerant crops in farming communities

Despite their value, drought-tolerant crops, particularly millets and sorghum, have been steadily losing their share of contribution to calories in Kenya to maize, rice and wheat. The reasons for the low demand of these cereals are low productivity, poor image and lack of product development. Continue reading

The private sector can deliver veterinary vaccines in Kenya
Animal diseases / AVCD / Cattle / East Africa / Goats / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Pastoralism / Small ruminants / Species / Value chains

The private sector can deliver veterinary vaccines in Kenya

On 1 February 2020 the director of veterinary services (DVS), Obadiah Njagi, issued a circular clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the private sector in the delivery of veterinary medicines and vaccines across Kenya in accordance with the existing laws and regulations. Continue reading

Multisectoral partners come together to deliberate on how to accelerate efforts to reduce malnutrition across Kenya
AVCD / CIP / East Africa / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Partners / Value chains

Multisectoral partners come together to deliberate on how to accelerate efforts to reduce malnutrition across Kenya

Kenya still has a long way to go in improving the nutritional status of both the rural and urban populations. Collectively we can support the education and application of nutrition sensitization for better lives through better health and better food systems. Continue reading

Don’t spill it, chill it: Makueni milk factory helps farmers aggregate and sell more milk
AVCD / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Value chains

Don’t spill it, chill it: Makueni milk factory helps farmers aggregate and sell more milk

Makueni dairy farmers to produce, aggregate and market milk as a business through the establishment of Kathonzweni Dairy Farmers Cooperative milk processing factory For many dairy farmers, their animals are like their children. Valued and cared for with a hope that they will succeed to bring good fortune to their home. Many dairy farmers will … Continue reading

Power of numbers: Collective action to accelerate marketing options for bounty green gram harvest across Kenya
Countries / Crops / East Africa / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Value chains

Power of numbers: Collective action to accelerate marketing options for bounty green gram harvest across Kenya

The Feed the Future Accelerated Value Chains Development (AVCD) program is working with county governments, ministry officials, development agencies and farmers group to address the current anticipated green gram glut and to jump-start the green gram value chain across Kenya. Continue reading

Livestock traders gain at USAID- and ILRI-supported forum
AVCD / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pastoralism / Value chains

Livestock traders gain at USAID- and ILRI-supported forum

Enthusiastic traders from several counties in northern Kenya and from across the border in Ethiopia joined a livestock trade facilitation forum in Marsabit, Kenya on 9 May 2018. By close of business, participating livestock buyers and sellers signed contracts for a total of 5,373 livestock at a value of USD 406,774. The United States Agency … Continue reading

Rent a womb, the power to sharing animal resources to build the livelihoods of a community
Animal breeding / Animal Production / AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Value chains

Rent a womb, the power to sharing animal resources to build the livelihoods of a community

In April 2017, Selvin Odhiambo received a healthy crossbred calf from her neighbour’s cow after a successful pregnancy from Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI). A United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded subsidized breeding program is helping smallholder farmers in western Kenya improve their dairy production. Continue reading

The power of semen: better semen, better calves, better lives – Quinter and Charles Migot’s story
AVCD / Dairying / ILRI / Kenya / Value chains

The power of semen: better semen, better calves, better lives – Quinter and Charles Migot’s story

Facilitating access to improved semen services for small-scale farmers in Homa Bay County For Quinter Awour the birth of a new calf is the beginning of her investment future. Quinter is a member of Tang Ber Women Group, based in Kotieno sub location, Homa bay County, for the last 7 years she has participated in … Continue reading