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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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Usaid kenya dairy program promotes farming as a family business

USAID Kenya Dairy Program Promotes Farming as a Family Business


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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