The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) program is designed to boost the milk yields and incomes of small-scale farmers in Africa so they can lift their communities out of hunger and poverty. With help from a $25.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the second phase of EADD will work with more than 200,000 farmers to improve dairy production and access to markets over the next four years.
Building on the success and lessons learned in Phase I, the vision for EADD II is to provide an additional 136,000 smallholder farm families the opportunities to create financial independence and social equality. Together with our program partners, we are changing the nutritional landscape in East Africa, one family, one community at a time.
In its first five years, EADD provided extensive training on dairy husbandry, business practices and operation, and marketing of dairy products to the 179,000 farming families in the program. Heifer and its partners also developed 27 milk collection hubs, strengthened 10 existing hubs, and formed 68 farmer business associations to manage the plants.
Since then, EADD has grown to be one of the leading market-oriented development initiatives in eastern Africa.
|East Africa Dairy Development
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Since 2008, EADD has connected more than 203,778 small-scale farmers across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya to a larger circle of institutions and services that give them the collective resources and necessary infrastructure to earn a living raising cows and selling milk. This, in turn, allows them to educate their children, access healthcare and invest in their businesses. EADD partnered with 81 dairy producer organizations built around milk bulking and chilling for their members. As a result of collective efforts, farmers raised a total net worth of $10 million through their organizations.
The regions where we work are seeing positive strides, such as access to credit and bank accounts, women taking more leadership roles in their communities and more involvement from younger participants. By the end of the initial five-year period, the project was responsible for:
|Heifer East Africa Dairy Development Program Office
Likoni Lane, Off Dennis Pritt Road, Kilimani Estate
|Kenya Country Office
P.O Box 5201
Tel: +254 053 203 1273/8
|Uganda Country Office
Plot 14 Lourdel Rd, Nakasero
P.O Box 28491
Tel: +256 0414 233481