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USAID Kenya Dairy Program Promotes Farming as a Family Business. Kenya ’ s Gender Norms. Women perform vast majority of agricultural work, but are not compensated fairly Most land/property owned by older men Inheritance issues for widows Men educated at a higher rate than women

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kenya s gender norms
Kenya’s Gender Norms
  • Women perform vast majority of agricultural work, but are not compensated fairly
  • Most land/property owned by older men
  • Inheritance issues for widows
  • Men educated at a higher rate than women
  • More women infected with HIV/AIDS
  • Nearly half of Kenyans live in poverty – most reside in rural areas
  • Tensions at household level caused by lack of financial security – increases GBV
  • Thousands still living in IDP camps

Women in rural areas especially vulnerable

market driven approach
Market-Driven Approach
  • In 2008, Land O’Lakes began five-year Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Program (KDSCP), funded by USAID
  • Impacted 350,000 farming households and raised incomes by over 200 percent
  • 135 cooperatives formed and going strong;45% of members are women
  • Created more than 25,000 jobs in dairy value chain
  • Established National Dairy Task Force
  • Lasting impact for dairy families

Dairy increases incomes for men and women

usaid dairy program challenges gender norms
USAID Dairy Program Challenges Gender Norms
  • Many women hold KDSCP leadership roles
  • Holds trainings close to homes; encourages women/single people to own cows
  • Women encouraged to join cooperatives; trained in expressing experiences
  • Coops give men and women equal opportunity to profit; speak with one voice
  • Men encouraged to allow women to apply for women-friendly loans at lower interest rates
  • Payment in-kind for milk through cooperative store: funds books, school fees, etc.

Shifting dairy to become family business

elizabeth s story
Elizabeth’s Story

“Money is for men, but milk is for women.”

samuel evelyn s story
Samuel & Evelyn’s Story

Better quality of life for entire family

gladys story
Gladys’ Story

Cooperative reduces poverty and tensions

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