Cash Crop: Women Farmers in Kenya Beat Drought with Native Grass
Animal feeding / Dairying / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

Cash Crop: Women Farmers in Kenya Beat Drought with Native Grass

While farmers around Kenya struggle to grow enough maize to feed their families and their cattle, some women dairy farmers are boosting milk production and making money by growing and selling native grasses as cattle feed Maize Stover – the stalks, leaves and cobs left behind after a harvest – is popular cattle feed in … 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

Village-based dairy advisor Priscilla Ouma launches a ‘restore milk campaign’
Animal feeding / Animal Production / AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Value chains

Village-based dairy advisor Priscilla Ouma launches a ‘restore milk campaign’

Priscilla Ouma is an inspiration and proof that when you give women farmers a few tools, the entire community benefits. Through her hard work, the wind of change is blowing across the village and soon farmers in Muyeye B will be milk rich. 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

Animal Production / AVCD / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

More Milk from new grass variety, changing breakfast tables for Dairy Farmers across Homa Bay County

Between January and March, most of Western Kenya experiences a climatic dry period, when grass and other plants stop growing, forcing farmers to buy fodder from outside their area to feed their cows or face huge reductions in milk production. This year, the area has suffered from a pro-longed drought, with no rains since mid-November, … Continue reading

AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / PIL / Value chains

Stepping it up with farmers: Smallholders team up with researchers to improve dairy productivity in Kenya

A group of farmers in Kisumu County of Kenya promise to lead the western region of Kenya as the next frontier in dairy production. So successful has the group been in marshaling collective action, that they have received policy makers’ recognition. Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / Dairying / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Value chains

USAID learning event promotes joint collaboration to accelerate poverty reduction in Western Kenya

On 13-16 Dec 2016, USAID-funded projects working in western Kenya met in Kisumu for a 4 day USAID poverty learning event. The teams including Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH), Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM) Kenya, Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES),  One Acre Fund, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Africa Lead and … Continue reading

Animal breeding / Animal diseases / Animal feeding / AVCD / Dairying / ECF / ILRI / Kenya / Value chains

Creating access: AVCD dairy technical team engage with media in western Kenya

  In an effort to promote engagement with members of the press the AVCD program held it’s first media round table on Wednesday 19th October 2016 in Kisumu city. The topic of discussion for this inaugural event was the dairy value chain with a emphasis on the improved technologies and interventions under way in the … Continue reading