Project title: Maziwa Project – Empowerment of the dairy cooperatives in Meru County
Funded by: Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS)
Lead agency: Fondazione AVSI
Overall term: 2018 to 2021
Population in Kenya is expected to increase from the current 48 million to 65 million in 2030, of which more than one-third will be urban residents (UN Population Projections). Demand for chilled, high quality processed milk is expected to increase, with growth in demand projected at 5 percent per year, and total milk demand reaching 12 billion litres by 2030 (National Dairy Development Policy – 2013). The dairy industry is Kenya’s single largest agricultural sub-sector in Kenya. It contributes 14 percent to agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 3.5 percent of total GDP.
ASVI launched the “Maziwa Project – Empowerment of the dairy cooperatives in Meru County” in April 2018 with the goal of improving the management and production system of producers’ cooperatives in the dairy industry in Meru County, Kenya. The project mobilized and worked directly with dairy cooperatives and thousands of dairy producers in Meru County. It engaged hundreds of further dairy cooperative board members and trained over a hundred staff of the Meru County Government and vets.
The Maziwa project was awarded a funding contract by the Italian Agency for International Cooperation in 2018. Our experts are providing external monitoring & evaluation of the project.