An Appraisal of Selected Innovation Cases in the Livestock Sector in Kenya

2020 | L. Mose | G. Kamau | W. Mulinge | F. Makini | S. Makokha | E. Nyambati | B. Salasya | E. Thuranira

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The demand for livestock products is on the rise and farmers, policy makers, state and non-state actors are making efforts to ensure that the demand is met. However, a number of challenges affect the sub-sector and these include shortage of grazing land and forages, low milk and egg production, low rates of growth and input/output market information asymmetry among others. With a view to addressing some of the above mentioned challenges, a number of initiatives have been launched in Kenya. An assessment of four identified innovation initiatives was conducted and the findings are herein reported. The selected innovation case studies included:
1) Development of hay and crop residues, 2) Community based genetic improvement of Sahiwal cattle breed. 3) Development and upscaling of improved indigenous chicken 4) Market integration in pigs: The case of Farmers’ Choice.
The broad objective of the study was to carry out a brief overview of the national livestock sector and its recent developments, including the evolution of the policy environment and a description of major innovations. The specific objectives were to: Select novel and scalable innovations for the study; Carry out in-depth analysis of major factors contributing to the success of the innovations in the selected platforms; Identify potential for further development and scaling; Draw lessons for other countries potentially desiring to initiate similar initiatives.