Overview

Our objective is to reduce extreme poverty by increasing income for communities through training, mentorship and provision of business development grants.

Livestock Sector in Kenya

Kenya’s livestock sub-sector contributes approximately 12% of the national GDP and accounts for 30% of the country’s agricultural output. Over 60% of all livestock in Kenya is found in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL), where it employs about 90% of the local population[i]. Additionally, the sub-sector employs 50% of agricultural labour and has the highest employment multiplier.

Livestock has the highest potential for reducing poverty, creating employment as well as contributing to economic growth. However, this potential is yet to be fully exploited. The livestock economy remains largely informal, lowly productive, underdeveloped and hardly attracts investments. Smallholder livestock keepers’ chances of rising out of poverty depend directly on their ability to increase productivity of their crop and livestock husbandry activities[ii].

The Development Concern

Some of the key challenges hindering better livestock farming and trade include: undernourishment, disease due to open grazing and livestock movement methods, poor breeds and animal husbandry, past policy issues and inadequate financing. Climate change especially during drought seasons has brought about large loses of livestock.

Additionally most private sector and financial intermediaries have had little interest to improve livestock farming owing to low return on interest versus the investment made.

Our Work

KCB Foundation is addressing these challenges through its Mifugo Ni Mali programme. This is a livestock value chain programme that targets livestock keepers in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) with a view to commercialising the sector and transforming it into a vibrant segment where livestock producers can realise maximum returns. This ten-year programme targets to reach producer organisations in livestock value chain in dairy, meat, honey and fish. The programme is currently underway in Baringo, Taita-Taveta, Narok, Kwale, Laikipia, Kilifi, Samburu, Tana River, Marsabit and Mombasa counties.

Programme Interventions

  • Providing access to finance for cooperatives, ranches and Beach Management Units
  • Supporting market access to cooperatives, ranches and Beach Management Units
  • Strengthening husbandry and animal management for livestock farmers
  • Training producer organisations in Kenya on the following:
    • Business development and financial literacy
    • Risk management and insurance
    • Governance, leadership and management
    • Value addition
    • Market development activities and collective bargaining

Mifugo Ni Mali Impact on the Livestock Industry

  • Working in 11 Arid and semi-arid counties in Kenya
  • Trained 154 Cooperatives on Governance, Business Planning and access to Finance
  • 34 Cooperatives have accessed over 1 million USD worth of loans
  • Piloting livestock identification and traceability system by tagging about 39,000 cattle using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology
  • Increased milk production by 45%
  • Supported milk value addition which has seen cooperatives’ earnings increase by 87%
  • Supported pastoralists to access market for their goats through annual goat auction; making sales worth 0.8 million USD

Our Projects

JAMES ODHIAMBO TELLS US HIS DREAMS

CHANGING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION

PROVIDING EDUCATION FOR ALL

MENTORING IN THE REGIONS

MENTORING FUTURE GENERATIONS

BUILDING COMMUNITIES TO BANK ON THEMSELVES

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

TACKLING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

WHY WE BELIEVE MIFUGO NI MALI

WELCOME TO KCB FOUNDATION’S MIFUGO NI MALI INITIATIVE

DEMYSTIFYING 2JIAJIRI

SCHOLARS MENTORSHIP FORUM

2JIAJIRI LAUNCH STUDENTS MARCH 2016

KCB FOUNDATION BIDCO MOU

2JIAJIRI GRADUATION

KCB FOUNDATION TUSKYS MOU

2JIAJIRI LAUNCH MARCH 2016

KCB SOUTH SUDAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

THE UP SKILLING BURUNDI ARTISANS PROGRAM

ENGLISH FOR RWANDA PROJECT

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