Kenya Crops and dairy Market Systems (KCDMS)
Activity Locations: 12 counties in eastern and western Kenya.
EAMDA forms part of the consortium, set up to help increase
agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya
with activities being implemented in 12 counties and designed to spur
competitive, resilient market systems in Kenya’s horticulture and dairy
Duration: January 2017 – 2023
To sustainably reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in Kenya through inclusive agriculture-led growth.
Linking rural dairy and horticulture farmers to more competitive markets, fostering an inclusive system—especially for women and youth—and supporting a policy environment that enables economic growth.
Through the activity, 39,598 individuals have applied improved agricultural technologies or practices, and over $10 million in sales has been achieved by supported farms and businesses. The project has engaged 3,800 private sector partners.
KCDMS partnered with 11 cooperatives and aggregators to co-invest in the expansion of commercial fodder production, develop contract farming arrangements between buyers and growers, and invest in tractor-towed harvest and baling attachments, baling boxes and other equipment.
KCDMS initiated the formation of a mango technical working group. This multi-stakeholder group—made up of integrated pest management technology providers, mango smallholder cooperatives, mango traders and processors, agro-dealers, research institutions, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, and various private sector entities—has developed a strategy to adopt a large-scale fruit fly free zone that includes fruit fly monitoring, data collection, safe spraying techniques, and public education campaigns.
By linking rural dairy and horticulture farmers to more competitive markets, fostering an inclusive system—especially for women and youth—and supporting a policy environment that enables economic growth, the Feed the Future Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity promoted opportunities for, and builds the capacity and resilience of vulnerable populations to respond to shocks and stresses..