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Application of STDM in rural Kenya: IFAD supported Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Project – Brief
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN-Habitat through Global Land Tools Network have established a partnership under the “Land and Natural Resources Tenure Learning Initiative for East and Southern Africa” (TSLI-ESA) to document, test and share tools and approaches that can strengthen land and natural resources tenure in IFAD supported projects and programmes. In Kenya TSLI-ESA is partnering with two projects: the Upper Tana Natural Resources Management Programme (UTaNRMP) and Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP). SDCP is an IFAD supported project that promotes dairy commercialization through the market oriented dairy enterprise (MODE) process that aims at increasing beneficiaries’ access to dairy markets.
The MODE approach is being implemented in nine counties in Western Kenya, namely: Bomet, Bungoma, Kisii, Lugari, Nandi North, Nakuru, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu. In these counties the project is implemented through the dairy farmer groups called the Dairy Commercialization Areas (DCAs). The overall aim of the project is to increase the income of poor rural households whose livelihoods largely depend on production and sale of dairy products.