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
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.
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.