Africa / Asia / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Impact Assessment / India / Kenya / South Asia

Leveraging the informal dairy sector for health and wealth: An impact narrative from Kenya and Assam

The Kenyan economy benefited by an estimated USD 33.5 million annually since 2008 from research to inform policy change in Kenya’s dairy industry.

The research resulted in licensing for small-scale milk vendors who previously were not officially recognized and were frequently harassed.

The benefits of policy change include improved safety of milk, increased profit margins for small-scale vendors, greater access to milk for poor consumers, and employment for many others in the sector, with knock-on benefits for the wider economy.

Building on the Kenyan approach, an initiative to improve milk handling among traders in Assam in India resulted in a new governance institution, increased risk mitigation, improvements in milk quality, higher sales and increased customer satisfaction. The economic impact in the capital district has been estimated at USD 5.6 million annually.

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