Fair trade Organization of Kenya (FTOK) empowers farmers to reap substantial returns from farming by offering training to farmers through our capacity building program. FTOK would like to set up a dairy farming demonstration farm in Gakundu FCS from where farmers can learn through demonstration. We are changing the farming communities through dairy farming by providing technical assistance. The Technical assistance equips farmers with knowledge on how to run their dairy farming as a business.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Currently there are 5000 dairy farmers in Gakundu Farmers Cooperative in Kenya who solely rely on dairy farming for their livelihood. Their lack of adequate skills on dairy farming results in low milk production, and subsequently low income at the household level. The farmer's have a cooperative society through which they sell their milk, but due to lack of market access or cooling and storage facilities prices are dictated by large scale milk processors who collect the milk from the cooperative
How will this project solve this problem?
FTOK proposes to undertake interventions aimed at improving farmers dairy incomes with a view to assisting farmers get out of the poverty cycle. This will be done through extensive capacity building to farmers on dairy management and business development support to their society. FTOK is committed to setting up of a demonstration farm at Gakundu FCS through which farmers can learn on proper dairy farming practices, as well as offering Technical Assistance to their cooperative on value addition.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will train over 6000+ dairy farmers through the demonstration farm allowing them: to realize improved milk production from the current 2 liters to 8 liters per cow per day; Growth in incomes by smallholder dairy farmers by 50%; enhanced food security; create employment alongside the value chain; Gender mainstreaming due to increased participation of women and youth in the dairy value chain; Environmental conservation through promotion of biogas technology.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,146
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $69,854
Total Funding Goal: $75,000