The East Africa Dairy Development was initially launched in 2008 thanks to a five-year, $42.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through EADD, Heifer International and our partners helped small-scale dairy producers become entrepreneurs. By teaching them how to create sound marketing strategies, establish cooperatives, develop an infrastructure and make wise investments, we have seen a positive transformation in the economy of the region.
- By the end of 2013, farmers earned more than $132 million for selling 356 million liters (94 million gallons) of milk.
- More than 80 percent of Kenyan farmers who participated in EADD have bank accounts and access to credit, with savings of about $11 million at the end of 2013.
- About 179,000 farm families doubled their household income by increasing livestock productivity and efficiency.
- More than 30 percent of the EADD program's local leaders are women, where as in the past, few women were willing to take on leadership roles in their communities.
THE NEXT PHASE
Having completed the five-year pilot period, we're now moving into Phase II of the EADD project, thanks to a $25.5 million grant from the Gates Foundation. In addition to continuing work in Kenya and Uganda, we are expanding into Tanzania to benefit more than 136,000 people, helping them create wealth for themselves, their families and their communities.