Feed and forage seed business models to support further professionalization of the dairy sector in Kenya and Uganda

The aim of this project is to develop viable business models for forage seed production and marketing that assure economically sustainable access to high quality forage seed to diverse clients in Kenya and Uganda.

Consortium

Main applicant: Dr P.R. Gildemacher (Royal Tropical Institute (KIT))

Co-applicants:

  • D.G. Steyn (Barenbrug South Africa)
  • Dr. C. Wasonga (Advantage Crops Limited)
  • Dr. M. Peters (International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT))
  • B. Lukuyu PhD (International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI))
  • Dr. W.N. Nanyeenya (National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) – National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI))

Summary

Sub-optimal feeding forms a major constraint for further professionalization and development of the dairy sector in Kenya and Uganda. As feeding represents 65% of production costs, improved forage productivity will greatly increase milk production efficiency and thus reduce the production costs and price of milk.

As a result of a poorly functioning forage seed value chain, promising and demanded species and varieties which provide for high quality forage for Kenya and Uganda, remain under-utilized. The starting point for improved forage productivity is economically viable production and distribution of forage seeds and vegetative splits.

The promotion of quality forage seed cannot be left to the private sector. Public co-investment is needed to support the professionalization of the dairy sector. This project will provide insight on how to effectively invest public and private resources in the production, marketing, promotion of use and quality control of forage seed.

The objective of the proposed research is to:
“Develop viable business models for forage seed production and marketing that assure economically sustainable access to high quality forage seed to diverse clients in Kenya and Uganda”.

In this research project international, national and local seed entrepreneurs, dairy farmers and national and international researchers will:
1. Analyse forage seed sector functioning, constraints and opportunities for change.
2. Identify, implement and assess business models for commercially viable forage seed production of promising and highly demanded species.
3. Test forage seed promotion marketing strategies.
4. Pilot seed quality assurance mechanisms.
The insights gained will be published as 3 working papers, 2 scientific papers and be presented in 2 relevant conferences. Furthermore training modules to communicate the working paper insights to a practitioner audience will be elaborated, tested and published together with dairy sector development projects and programs

Details

Project number

W 08.240.106

Main applicant

Dr. P. Gildemacher

Affiliated with

Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen

Duration

15/03/2019 to 31/01/2022