Kenya Drylands Livestock Development Program


The Kenya Drylands Livestock Development Program (KDLDP) helped pastoralist households in northeast Kenya overcome the many existing obstacles to achieving both economic and food security in the region.  In an area where the livestock industry provides work for 90% of the labor force and contributing to as much as 95% of family incomes, problems include poor access to inputs like seeds and water, unsatisfactory disease control measures, lack of price transparency, poor linkages between producers and markets, and – most immediately – drought due to climate change.

The CNFA implemented project was funded through a USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Leader with Associates award and was part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  KDLDP aimed to connect farmers to vital inputs, services, and local partners.  By improving livestock productivity and competitiveness, enhancing trade and marketing, adding value to livestock products, influencing policy, and promoting strategies for mitigating drought, CNFA increased incomes and food security for households, created new jobs and facilitated access to credit to catalyze trade, production, and value-adding activities.

Major Accomplishments

  • Improved incomes and food security for more than 25,490 rural households.
  • Initiated 76 vaccination campaigns throughout the live of the program and over 1.2 vaccinations were given to cattle, shoats and donkeys.
  • 108 agro-vets and 119 Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW) provided better goods and services to pastoralists.
  • More than 100 jobs created.
  • Assisted with the dispersion of more than $87,200 USD in agricultural and rural loans