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    MilKy: Kenya’s white gold

    Development of the milk supply chain in the Kiambu county

  • Kenya has the highest per capita consumption of milk of all African countries, but its production is now facing difficulties. The population growth expected for the coming years will in fact result in an increase in the demand, which is impossible to satisfy without increasing the current average production.
    The situation is complex: as well as many needs there are also many jobs at risk. The lack of tools and knowledge affects the economy, but also the environment and local communities.

    Project objective: to develop a quality dairy chain that is sensitive to climate change through interventions on 2000 micro-enterprises in 4 sub-areas of Kiambu, to promote access to credit and support forms of local micro-entrepreneurship.

  • 2,000 micro-enterprises involved

    1,300 women and 700 men

The dairy sector is one of the main sources of livelihood in Kenya, contributing, as it does, to 12% of the agricultural GDP, employing about 1.8 million families and guaranteeing 700,000 jobs. Unfortunately, most milk is sold through informal channels and, as a result, producers earn very little.

This sector's development is severely slowed down by the lack of means and training.

Production is hindered by a lack of knowledge on animal feed, contacts with qualified zootechnical services, water supply, adequate milk collection, storage facilities and machinery. The enterprise and market skills needed to start or maintain micro enterprises are also very scarce.
There are many economic, environmental and social problems and requirements.
Without a targeted intervention, demand can no longer be satisfied by the current average production. Furthermore, without adequate tools and knowledge production cannot be turned into an environmentally sustainable activity.

The project supports local communities to make production truly sustainable and self-sufficient through economic, environmental and social interventions.
Our interventions on the production stages aim to improve the quality and quantity of milk produced, and to guarantee food safety for the population and sustainable agriculture.
The project involves creating 5 dairy centres within FaidiFarmers Ltd and providing training to its members. We also promote the production of clean and renewable energy, by encouraging the use of biogas and reforestation to offset CO2 emissions.

To become sustainable and to respect the environment tools and knowledge are required.

The staff of Caritas Nairobi, by the Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DiSAA) of the Polytechnic of Milan and by Associazione Unione degli Operatori di Fecondazione Artificiale Animale (UOFAA) (Association of Artificial Fertilization Operators Union) will provide technical support to local micro-enterprises as part of a best practice exchange initiative.
Those enterprises will also benefit from training courses on access to credit, business management and accounting and will become an instrument of social emancipation thanks to the active involvement of women within the project.Traditionally excluded from entrepreneurial activities, 1,300 women will in fact take part in the planned activities and courses. Empowerment activities and training on gender equality are also envisaged, with the aim of enhancing the role of women, reducing the gender gap and encouraging their inclusion in the sector.

  • My name is Angela Mariotti, I'm 36 years old and I'm the project manager.

Project’s overview

The project aims to promote sustainable economic growth in Kenya. Specifically, it aims to help 2,000 micro-enterprises in 4 sub-areas of Kiambu develop a quality dairy supply chain, boosting its production. The first subscriber to this project is Caritas. As project partner, CELIM contributes by:

  • providing support in the production stages, with the aim of increasing the amount and quality of milk produced. Specifically, the intervention envisages training courses on animal nutrition, breeding techniques, the basics of animal husbandry and para-veterinary, developing an efficient water system and increasing knowledge and the use of renewable sources, to promote a truly sustainable development
  • creating 5 milk collection centres within FFLtd and training executive members on gender equality, leadership, accounting and business management, so as to assist local actors along the path, ensuring ownership and autonomy once the project is over; including all breeders in a formal system aimed at ensuring greater income
  • Boosting the milk processing unit and organising the sales department in the LimuruArch Farm, and training of its staff.
  • Project title
    Sviluppo di una filiera lattiero-casearia sostenibile nella Contea di Kiambu (MilKy), Kenya

    Project manager
    Giulia Giavazzi, kenya@celim.it

    April 2018/April 2021

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    Project leader
    Caritas Italiana

    Caritas Nairobi
    Facoltà di Agraria, Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Ambientali (DiSAA), Politecnico di Milano
    Associazione Unione degli Operatori di Fecondazione Artificiale Animale (UOFAA)


Support the activities

  • 20€

    to donate 25 trees to encourage reforestation

  • 60€

    to provide training on animal nutrition, fodder production and breeding techniques

  • 120€

    to help install 1 biogas digester

  • 300€

    to help build 1 milk collection hub

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