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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and UN-Habitat through the Global Land Tool Network have established a partnership under the “Land and Natural Resources Tenure Learning Initiative for East and Southern Africa” (TSLI-ESA). The objective is 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 the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP).
SDCP is an IFAD-supported project that promotes dairy commercialization through the marketoriented dairy enterprise (MODE) process that aims to increase beneficiaries’ access to dairy markets. The MODE approach is being implemented in nine counties in Western Kenya: 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 the production and sale of dairy products.