Three years ago, 2SCALE entered into a partnership deal with Kieni Dairy Products Limited (KDPL), a farmer-owned company located in Kieni West, Nyeri County, Kenya with registered membership of 12,456 people (of which 5107 were women). Among the key interventions the partnership were training farmers on improved production practices and providing quality input for farmers.
Like other areas in Kenya, KDPL catchment area is faced with challenges of low milk productivity per cow and heavy weather related milk production fluctuations. According to Nyeri County’s department of Livestock, in Kieni West, each cow is currently producing an average of 5 litres per day. In dry seasons KDPL receives up to 75% less milk from smallholder farmers (SHFs) compared to the amount it receives during rainy seasons. One key way to reverse that is through production and preservation of fodder.