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The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.
Apr 4, 2016

EADD II Project Report - Apr 2016

Rhobi works at Ol
Rhobi works at Ol'Kalou Dairy Ltd in Kenya

Phase II

Despite a slower than anticipated transition between Phase I and II, the project has gained momentum with several key indicators meeting their targets toward catalyzing sustainable impact. At the same time, there have been significant challenges in the new sites, especially in Tanzania, but also in Uganda.

Progress continues to be made in areas that have fallen below target with continuous monitoring to adjust tactics or consider new interventions to accelerate progress.

The social capital development approach was intensified over the past year, and it has injected new energy into farmer mobilization and recruitment. The formation of Dairy Interest Groups at the community level is designed to enhance farmers’ social cohesion toward joining, accessing and benefiting from PO/Hub services. Though in its early stages, social capital is seen to contribute toward stronger Dairy Interest Group and PO/Hub sustainability through improved leadership, ownership and capacity building.

There was a notable increase of farmers adopting climate smart agriculture and sustainable land management practices. This has been attributed to enhanced training and awareness among farmers.

Sustainability assessments were conducted to direct country-level operational plans and budgets around PO/Hub priorities. The plans are guiding project teams in closing key gaps such as, enhancing the value proposition of PO/Hubs to farmers, and improving market access, governance and financial health.

The 2015 Producer Organization Sustainability Assessment shows that PO/Hub sustainability performance is on an upward trend compared to 2014. Despite slow member registration and a delayed business launch, Tanzania is expected to show accelerated progress in 2016. In Uganda, 85 percent of Phase I PO/Hubs (18 of 21) achieved a score of 50 percent or more, meeting the minimum target to trigger graduation. In Kenya, seven out of the eight PO/Hubs achieved a score of 50 percent, and five PO/Hubs achieved more than 60 percent - denoting readiness to exit the project.

Jan 12, 2016

EADD II Project Report - Jan 2016

Steven Kipagatie / Rahel Mhema with goal notebook
Steven Kipagatie / Rahel Mhema with goal notebook

The Road from Farm to Market 

This article originally appeared in the 2015 Holiday edition of World Ark magazine

Southern Highlands, Tanzania - A thin, pink notebook rests on the living room coffee table of Rahel Mhema and her husband, Steven Kipagatie, at their home in Ikando village.  Malengo, "goals" in Swahili, is neatly written in capital letters at the top of the book's cover.

Shortly after receiving a dairy cow from Heifer International Tanzania in 2010 the couple sat down to share their long-term dreams together, and they decided it was a good idea to write them down. Reading from the book, Kipagatie listed their goals: “Educate our children through high school and on to university; establish an orchard; buy more land for commercial timber; plant timber trees; buy a motorcycle.”

Five years later, Mhema, 40, and Kipagatie, 43, have achieved all of their goals and then some—they also started beekeeping, added goats and another cow, and have enough money to hire help for their farm.

When the two married 19 years ago, setting goals like these seemed futile. Mhema supported both of them by sorting tea in a factory, where she might work a week with only a four-hour break every 24 hours or go two or three days without sleep. After seven years of this grueling work, Mhema left the factory, and the couple tried their hand at farming. But the farm never paid off by itself. Fortunately, the cow did.

It’s the classic Heifer story—and literally, a heifer story—the gift of a cow and training leads to a life that once seemed out of reach for a family of farmers. Milk money provides for the basics and allows Mhema and Kipagatie to invest in other profitable ventures while also saving for the future. The cow’s manure increases the quality and quantity of their crops. And all of that leads to checking off each of the aspirations listed in the pink malengo notebook.

But now Mhema and Kipagatie have a new goal. Through Heifer’s East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) program, Mhema and Kipagatie’s next step is to become entrepreneurs on a larger scale.

Sep 30, 2015

EADD II Project Update - Sep 2015

EADD Hub Model
EADD Hub Model

Replication

Our hub model is being adopted and replicated by other organizations outside the geographic areas of the EADD project. However, because information on replication is currently limited to Eastern Africa, we are researching whether replication has occurred in a wider geographic area.

• In Kenya, Send a Cow, an NGO working in East Africa together with Heifer Kenya through the Wealth Creation Project has established three PO/ Hubs in Khwisero, Nambale and Rongo Districts.

• The India-Kenya Dairy Innovation Bridge Project in Nakuru implemented by Heifer Kenya has also adopted and replicated our hub model by establishing two PO/Hubs in Nakuru County in Kenya.

• The County Government of Bomet through partnership with EADD and the Kenya Dairy Farmers Federation (KDFF)* is replicating our hub model in nine sites: Labotiet, Makimeny, Olbutyo, Sigor, Longisa, Mariny, Kipsonoy, Chepkalwal and Merigi. They aim to establish an additional eight PO/Hubs in 2015.

• The Elgeyo Marakwet County Government has also established two PO/Hubs after learning about our model through EADD and KDFF staff.

• KDFF is developing three dairy PO/Hubs in the Naitiri area of Bungoma County, Torongo in Baringo County and Ndanai in Bomet County.

• In South West Uganda, Pearl Dairy, a large milk processor with a capacity of 200k liters drier/day, has expressed interest in working with EADD, to expand our hub model outside current EADD sites to meet Pearl’s growing demand for milk.

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