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East Africa Dairy Development

Improving livelihoods for 1 million farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania through dairy


  • Milk Production
  • Money
  • Farmers

The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) program is designed to boost the milk yields and incomes of small-scale farmers in Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) 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 two years.

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EADD II 2014 Progress Report

We are prioritizing four objectives (farmer sustainability, hub sustainability, gender equality, and replication) to benefit an additional 136,000 farm families. Our program employs new technologies and practices around fodder production, alternative energy sources and milk transport systems.

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State of the African Farmer

The State of the African Farmer report has been produced as a contribution to the great debate on agriculture and food security in Africa. It is a compilation of views and voices of farmers, practitioners, policymakers and academics across Africa and beyond, each speaking from the heart and sharing their experience.

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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.

Building on the success and lessons learned in Phase I, EADD II has refined and improved the hub approach. The program focuses on building social capital, and actively pursues partnerships with and investments from local processors and other private sector players. The goal is to increase hub sustainability so that other public and private entities are primed to scale up this approach. EADD II acts as a catalyst by bringing interventions that create innovative, scalable market-based solutions to help smallholder farm families improve their livelihoods and fulfill their needs and dreams.

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.

EADD Partners

Strong alliances make sustainable change possible. The success of the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) would not have been possible without the generosity and expertise of our partners.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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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.


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Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, shares Heifer's belief that healthy people and animals promote a healthy, hopeful future. In addition to direct support, Elanco has also provided extensive time and talent commitments to EADD II and other Heifer projects.

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Targeted Outcomes

To ensure that we are on the right track, EADD has implemented four measurable, targeted outcomes, to bring an additional 136,000 farmer families into economic stability.

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    Farmer Sustainability

    Doubling income by increasing milk production per household to a minimum of six liters per day. Farmers will achieve better productivity per cow and per household, increasing their net dairy income

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    Gender Equity

    30% increase in women actively supplying milk at the hub level and 30% increase in women with access to and control over productive assets. Women are essential to the project’s success and can measurably increase project impact by actively supplying milk to the dairy hubs, assuming leadership roles, accessing financial services to jump-start new business opportunities and increasing savings to contribute to household well-being.

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    Hub Sustainability

    Create profitabile businesses and enhance services and tools to boost boost farmers’ productivity and well-being. All hubs will be placed on a path to sustainability, so that they are both economically and socially viable for the long-term

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    Refine and prove a model that can be replicated and scaled within and outside the project, countries, and region. Replication and syndication of a successful hub approach in each EADD country.

East Africa Dairy Development
Distribution hubs have changed the way suppliers have accessed local markets, increasing their income.
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We Need Your Help

Our work in East Africa cannot be completed without your help. Your support will give dairy farmers power over poverty.

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