Nuru Kenya 2023 Dairy Impact Brief
Authors: Heath Prince and Thomas Boswell (Ray Marshall Center); Fatuma Nyanjong (Nuru Kenya); and Casey Harrison, Matt Lineal, Ian Schwenke, and Bethany Ibrahim (Nuru International)
Date: December 2023
Publication Type: Research Brief, 6pp.
This report is commissioned by Nuru International
Nuru Kenya (NK) was established in 2008 with the goal of enabling meaningful choices for vulnerable communities to lift themselves out of poverty. Their multifaceted approach addresses food insecurity, ability to cope with shocks, and addressing unnecessary disease and death. NK has since been engaged across the sectors of agriculture, financial inclusion, and healthcare. This report will focus on NK’s impact in the dairy sector as part of an integrated livelihood diversification strategy. This dairy program began in Migori county in 2017, and has since expanded to neighboring Homabay, the second county of operation for NK. This report focuses on the Migori county dairy program after 7 years of impact.
To track data and report on successes, NK’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning team works with Nuru International support, in partnership with the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) at the University of Texas, Austin. Working as a group, Nuru Kenya leads on the collection and cleaning of data, and Nuru International and RMC report on the relevant findings. This the 6th annual report on the dairy program of Nuru Kenya since its inception in 2017. The primary metrics of success for the dairy program encompass improved yields and incomes for farmers, along with improved practices for taking care of the health and production of animals. Additional programs include fodder production, and artificial insemination. The households who are members of the NK dairy program are often also members of farmers cooperatives supported by NK, which assist in training and aggregation activities with the farmers over the course of the year.