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100,000+ Households in Northern Kenya Flourish with USAID Livestock Program

100,000+ Households in Northern Kenya Flourish with USAID Livestock Program
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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Feed the Future Kenya Livestock Market Systems Activity (USAID LMS), USAID Kuza, and USAID Resilience Learning Activity (RLA) took part in the Kenya Meat Expo 2024 backing deliberations on expanding economic opportunities for livestock keepers amidst ongoing efforts to diversify the country’s meat industry.

USAID LMS reported to have directly supported over 111,125 households in Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana, and Wajir counties through market system development initiatives.

Through stimulus grants to small- and medium-sized businesses, 69 percent of which are women-owned, 5,497 businesses reported a 43 percent increase in household incomes.

Additionally, these enterprises have created 1,200 direct and indirect jobs, improving food and market access for over 100,000 families.

The Activity works closely with USAID Kuza, which has allocated $1.9 million (KES 265 million) to the livestock market sector to create and support economic opportunities for livestock farmers, promote self reliance, and reduce the need for humanitarian assistance.

The Activity also coordinates efforts with USAID Resilience Learning Activity which brings together USAID implementing partners, government, and other donors together to facilitate co-created, co-implemented, and co-monitored activities with local government to optimize resiliency program investments.

Through RLA, USAID has mobilized over KES 37 billion in co-investments with nine county governments.

“Over the past seven years, USAID LMS has boosted Northern Kenya’s resilience by enhancing market access for pastoralists and traders through targeted interventions and strategic partnerships,” said Joe Sanders, Chief
of Party of USAID LMS.

Andrew McCown, the US Government Feed the Future Country Coordinator at USAID Kenya/East Africa, added, “As we participate in the Meat Expo, we are committed to partner with the Government of Kenya to create jobs, increase access to services, and incomes for livestock producers in Kenya aimed at wealth creation through value addition such as in the meat sector.”

With the meat market in Kenya projected to grow by 10 percent by 2028, the country’s arid and semi-arid counties, which make the biggest contribution to the livestock sector, are poised for key investments aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of products from the region, building resilience against challenges, such as perennial droughts, and improving lives of communities in the region.

The event, themed “Revolutionizing the Meat Industry for Bottom-Up Economic Transformation” organized in partnership with the State Department of Livestock provided a dynamic platform for businesses in the meat industry and livestock sector to forge invaluable connections and strategic partnerships.

During the event, USAID LMS facilitated discussions on the need for co-investments between the government and private entities in the livestock value chain, the vital role of cooperatives in the sector, concerted efforts towards drought and flood mitigation, and inclusive livestock market systems.

Additionally, USAID will support small- and medium-sized enterprises in showcasing advancements in the meat value chain and reflecting on the achievements and lessons learned over the past seven years in Northern Kenya

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