Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme


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The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme (KMDP) is a 4.5 year programme funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The programme started on 1 July 2012 and is implemented by SNV in collaboration with stakeholders in the dairy industry. The goal of KMDP is to contribute to the development of a vibrant and competitive dairy sector with beneficiaries across the value chain. KMDP acknowledges and appreciates that the dairy industry in Kenya is private sector driven. The programme has two pillars or strategic levels of intervention: (1) dairy value chain (increasing efficiency, effectiveness & inclusiveness of the dairy value chain); (2) sector issues (promoting/supporting interventions and innovations that address systemic issues). The interventions are focused on:

  • Smallholder supply chains and inclusive business
  • Medium-scale farmer model
  • Commercial fodder production
  • Quality-based milk payment systems
  • Dairy training and skills development
  • Dairy service infrastructure
  • International linkages (B2B and PPPs)
  • Sector policy and regulation

KMDP-II Innovation & Investment Fund
The second phase of the programme covers the period 1 October 2016 – 1 July 2019. It is funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi and facilitates the transition from aid-to-trade relations as well as enhanced business linkages between Dutch and Kenyan companies active in the dairy sector. This is expected to contribute to a more sustainable model for dairy sector development as well as knowledge exchange, transfer of skills and technology, and cross border investments. To facilitate this, KMDP-II has an Innovation & Investment Fund that provides financial contributions to feasibility studies, demos, pilot projects and innovative business cases. Download the criteria for applying to the Fund.

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