Who We Are
The East Africa Dairy Development Project (EADD) is a regional industry development program implemented by Heifer International and a consortium of partners including TechnoServe, ILRI, The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and ABS TCM. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of an agricultural development grant designed to boost the yields and incomes of millions of small farmers in Africa and other parts of the developing world so they can lift themselves and their families out of hunger and poverty.
Vision and Objectives
The vision of success for the East Africa Dairy Development project is that the lives of 179,000 families – or approximately one million people – are transformed by doubling household dairy income by the 10th year through integrated intervention in dairy production, market access and knowledge application.
The development of 27 new milk collection hubs and the strengthening of 10 existing hubs, including chilling plants for bulking and holding milk for pickup by processors in refrigerated milk trucks.
The formation of 68 farmer business associations that will own and manage the plants and develop hubs of dairy business services;
The use of artificial insemination to improve local breeds of dairy cows to produce more milk per day per cow. It will also focus on animal nutrition and health for better milk quality and
Extensive training provided by Heifer International and its partners in dairy animal husbandry, business practices, and other areas of expertise needed for successful operation of a business to produce, process and market dairy products.
EADD Project Components
Dairy Productivity: Strengthening smallholder dairy farmers to effectively; manage dairy businesses; increase on-farm milk production through the adoption productivity enhancing technologies related to- improved breeds, nutrition, health care and access to extension services.
Market access: Organizing and strengthening producer organizations (cooperatives) to grow into competitive business hubs. Besides chilling and/or bulking milk the hubs provide/facilitate integrated dairy business development services to farmers- through agrovets, training, feed stores, banking, SACCOs e.t.c
Knowledge Application: Establishing and maintaining knowledge based project that generates necessary research. Also includes extensive training in animal husbandry, business practices and other areas of expertise needed for successful operation of a business to produce, process and market dairy products.
Where We Are
The project operates in specific districts chosen for their suitability for smallholder dairy development in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda with the goal of doubling incomes of participating families in those areas.
Why Dairy Development in East Africa is Important
The East Africa region of Sub-Saharan Africa is an agricultural economy of small-scale farm communities composed of about 115 million people, half of them subsisting on less than $1 per day.
In this predominantly agricultural region of Africa, growing staple crops with some cash crops, and keeping local cattle are common, though not highly profitable. Although women are responsible for up to 80 percent of food produced in Africa, they frequently have the fewest resources and are particularly affected by economic poverty. Families are caught in a downward poverty spiral, characterized by declining food intake, poor education and health services, degraded and disappearing grasslands for their herds, and little-to-no access to commercial market systems.
The East Africa region is weak in market institutions, infrastructure networks and governance. Smallholder households are unable to generate increased income from current dairy business endeavors because they lack access to production technologies, efficient farming practices and links to markets.
Despite these constraints and vulnerabilities, smallholder dairying remains a durable strategy to increase household income, as it provides a secure livelihood, promotes women’s social and economic status, conserves ecosystems, and respects cultural values. In addition, the economic climate is favorable for integrating smallholder dairy farmers into the formal marketplace and supply chain, as milk consumption is predicted to double in developing countries by 2020.