Region 3: Central Kenya (Research and smallholder dairy systems)
Kenya has one of the most developed smallholder dairy systems in the world. There are about 1 million smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya. In the central part of the country the zero-grazing production system is practiced. The dairy farmers depend on fodder crops (Napier grass) and crop residues. This system is well support by research both by the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and the International Research Centres (IRCs).
a) Smallholder dairy farmers including integration
A dairy cooperative will be visited to see their integration of fodder production, milk production and marketing. A smallholder farmer who is a member of the dairy cooperative will be visited.
Fodder production as a commercial venture is becoming increasingly important in central Kenya. The participants will visit a farmer producing Napier grass for the market. These specialized fodder producers support the vibrant smallholder dairy system in central Kenya.
Smallholder dairy production systems