Dairy Food Safety Training
The Kenya dairy industry is the single largest agricultural sub-sector, larger even than the tea sub-sector (Wambugu et al, 2011) 1 .
It comprises 14% of agricultural GDP and 3.5% of total GDP (GOK, 2008) 2 . Kenya has around 1.8 million dairy farmers, of which over 70% are smallholders, producing a total of 4.
2 billion liters of milk annually. Dairy enterprises are mainly run by women. Apart from providing milk for consumption and contributing to the improved nutrition status of rural populations, the dairy sector is estimated to earn farmers over one hundred billion Kenya shillings annually ($11.
4 Million) from milk sales. Milk and other dairy products form an important part of the diet for both rural and urban Kenyans, with per capita milk consumption of 145 liters per year and growing ( Majiwa et al, 2012) 3 .
The dairy sector also provides employment to over 350,000 people at the farm level, an estimated 400,000 people in the informal sector and an additional 50,000 people in the formal marketing sector (USAID, 2012) 4.
The dairy sub-sector is regarded as a success case within the agriculture sector in Kenya since it supports the poor, creates employment and is commercially oriented.
There is potential for growth of the sub-sector both domestically and regionally as Kenya has high per capita milk consumption, and demand within the Eastern and Southern Africa region is estimated at two million tons.
Thus, this pro-poor and commercially oriented sub-sector has the potential of playing an important role in improving the livelihoods of small-
scale farmers. However, the realization of the sector’s potential has continuously been faced by many challenges as documented in several papers and reports.
These include high cost of production, declining land sizes, low access to good quality animal breeds, poor husbandry and farming practices, consumer concerns about milk quality and safety among others.
A dairy farmers cooperative whose core business is collecting, bulking, chilling and selling fresh, high-quality milk is keen to minimize losses incurred by its members when their milk is rejected due to quality issues and address consumer concerns about milk quality and safety.
Therefore, the Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Kenya is seeking the support of a volunteer expert to review the cooperative’s current systems, structures, and practices, identify areas of improvement and train its members, transporters, and staff on Good Manufacturing and Hygienic Practices (GMHP).
The volunteer expert will also identify hazards and steps to minimize or prevent them and develop monitoring procedures and record-
keeping tools. Ultimately, this assignment will support the cooperative's members to improve their productivity and livelihoods.
Objectives of the Assignment
In the U.S. :
In Kenya :
The volunteer expert will :
End of Assignment Report and Other Deliverables Required
F2F Programmatic Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (PERSUAP) Requirements :
Type 3 (the assignment will probably not have any pesticide issues)
The volunteer shall review the F2F Environmental Brochure and be aware of F2F’s legal requirements regarding the provision of assistance for the procurement or use of pesticides.
The volunteer shall not recommend or provide advice on specific pesticides.
Expertise of Volunteer Requested
The volunteer will have the following qualifications and competencies :
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 :
And send a link to IESC staff
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 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.