Dairy Processing Assessment
International Executive Service Corps
2d ago

Dairy Processing Assessment

Problem Statement :

The dairy subsector contributes approximately 8% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with annual milk production of 3.

43 billion liters. Kenyan milk production accounts for 3% of the 18% total global production by Sub Saharan Africa n countries.

Fresh liquid white milk is the predominant milk product produced in Kenya, accounting for 60 to 70% of the total production.

Although there is a ready market for dairy processing owing to current high demand levels of value-added products in Kenya and the East Africa region, there is a deficit experienced due to limited processing of the dairy products.

The demand could be met if the dairy processors acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to quality dairy processing. Increased revenue can be obtained if processors ventured into other dairy products other than raw milk, and produced high-

value products including flavored milk, yogurt, cultured milk (known locally as maziwa lala), butter, ghee, and cream. At this time, only some medium to large scale dairies produce these products whereas smaller producers have not seized this opportunity.

Producer organizations (POs), a nexus and organizing institution, offer smallholder farmers a unique opportunity to tap into new skills.

In many cases, POs have expandedor acted to retain markets by processing members’ products into different forms of foods.

ManyPOs have been organized to preserve farmers’ links to market s and to protect their production investment. Some POs have pioneered developing new types of processed food products.

These approaches simply use members’ production capability in different combinations. In some instances, additional markets are created by improved storage techniques,such as controlled atmosphere for perishable products.

With this support, farmers can capture a greater share of the value added to a product as it moves to the consumer.

Therefore, the Farmer to Farmer Access to Finance project is seeking a volunteer to assist in analyzing and addressing gaps in a PO ’s milk processing activities and operation s with the ultimate goal ofrecommending improvement to be made so that quality and diverse products are produced.

Ultimately, this assignment will support the PO to increase its productivity and profitability and improve the livelihoods of its smallholder farmers.

This will also make the PO attractive to financing in terms of equity and or credit (for both farmers and the PO) and grants from donor organizations.

Objectives of the Assignment :

  • To assess a PO's milk processing activities and operations
  • To address gaps in the processing activities and operations with recommendations for improvement
  • Tasks to be Performed :

    Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers will assist the producer organizations to review their current structures. The volunteer will thereafter analyze the processing operations of the PO through interviews and observations to establish gaps in the quality dairy processing practices.

    In the U.S. :

  • Review documents from the PO regarding the structure of the processing chain and regulatory standards as well as background information on the PO.
  • Research milk regulatory framework and mechanism as provided by the Kenya Dairy Board to evaluate compliance.
  • Develop draft interview guides targeting key players in the value chain.
  • Hold a call with the F2F team and PO to discuss the assignment plan and objectives.
  • In Kenya :

  • Participate in orientation held by F2F team in Kenya
  • Hold kickoff meeting with the partner organization and PO to finalize the assignment work plan and tasks.
  • Conduct an assessment of PO’s milk collection system and supply management through discussions with staff of the producer organizations and site visits.
  • This should include interviewing staff and smallholder farmers to understand the following areas : Processing Structure in the POOperations and other external conditionsMilk handling on the farmMilk collection centersDairy Processing and storage

  • Analyze findings and develop an assessment report, which includes recommendations for addressing gaps
  • Present findings and recommendations to a PO
  • Hold debriefing meeting with USAID
  • Hold debriefing meetings with F2F staff and Heifer
  • Draft final trip report
  • End of Assignment Report and Other Deliverables :

  • Assessment report detailing findings and recommendations
  • Final trip report
  • F2F Programmatic Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (PERSUAP) Requirements :

    The assignment will not provide any assistance for the use or procurement of pesticides, the volunteer will likely be in the field and may have the opportunity to obtain feedback on the use of pesticides through he will not provide any information or good or bad use.

    The volunteer is not expected to recommend or provide advice on specific pesticide active ingredients or products. For this assignment, the volunteer must do the following for a Type 3 assignment :

  • Review the F2F Environmental Brochure and the F2F Programmatic Pesticide Evaluation Report-Safe Use Action Plan (PERSUAP) and shall comply with requirements described in Section 4 of the SUAP when providing assistance for the procurement or use of pesticides.
  • The volunteer is not expected to provide recommendations for the specific pesticide active ingredients or products, but rather to provide advice, if necessary, on the safe use of pesticides, and to discourage poor practices in pesticide use, transport, mixing, storage, application, and disposal.

    Expertise of Volunteer Experts Requested :

  • M.Sc. degree in the agricultural field especially in dairy processing
  • 5-10 years of experience in dairy production / process and agri-economics relevant to the whole value chain
  • Substantial data management expertise : using MS Excel and relational databases
  • Experience in data collection and analysis
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance
  • This is a United States government-funded program. Therefore, for the purpose of achieving desired results in accordance with the work plan and submitting requisite reports, written and spoken fluency in English is required.
  • The ability to work through translators in the field, however, is essential. This requires deliberation and sensitivity to cultural issues in communication

  • Good writing and analytical skills, interpersonal communication and presentation skills (adult education skills), ability and desire to teach in both classroom and field settings.
  • Volunteer Outreach :

    USAID and IESC encourage all F2F volunteers to participate in public outreach. An important objective of the program is to increase awareness of Americans’ good work in developing countries.

    Volunteers should select at least one outreach activity from the list below, to be completed within two months of return to the US :

  • Write an entry for the IESC blog
  • Post a photo, video, or text related to the F2F assignment on a personal website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter, or other social media sites (and send a link to IESC staff)
  • Send a press release to a local newspaper(s) in the volunteer’s home town. (IESC can provide a template)
  • Write something for alumni or professional association newsletter, or other publication. (IESC can help as needed)
  • Give a presentation about the F2F assignment to colleagues, students, church group, rotary club, etc
  • Send an email about F2F to friends, family, or colleagues
  • Other
  • Description of the Program :

    The International Executive Service Corps (IESC) serves as the lead implementer for the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Access to Finance Program (2018-

    2023) to address deficits in the financial ecosystem hindering investment and growth in agriculture for individual farmers, as well as micro, small, and medium-

    sized enterprises through the delivery of volunteer technical assistance. IESC has designed a thematic F2F program to generate sustainable, broad-

    based economic growth and create jobs in the agricultural sector with a special focus on assistance to women and youth. IESC is joined by Grameen Foundation, with outstanding experience in digital finance and technology for the agricultural sector, to provide voluntary technical assistance and address the gaps in the financial ecosystem.

    Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, F2F initiatives generate rapid, sustained, and broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector.

    These programs also promote international goodwill, understanding of U.S. foreign assistance programs, and private involvement in development activities.

    Through the F2F Program, USAID facilitates the delivery of a broad range of U.S. agricultural expertise using U.S. volunteers who work with farmers, agricultural support systems and associations, and agribusinesses, in developing countries.

    The work of volunteers helps improve the quality of the agricultural sector workforce through training and advisory services provided to a wide range of agriculture sector actors.

    Volunteer assignments are designed to improve farm and agribusiness operations and agricultural systems.

    Focusing on Kenya, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka, the F2F Access to Finance Program will work with local partner organizations and volunteer hosts to field pro bono experts from the U.

    S. agriculture, corporate, and banking sectors to address systemic capacity constraints for farmers and lenders in each targeted country and unlock finance for improved agricultural production leading to utilization of agricultural technologies and increased sales and incomes.

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