Leveraging hub models and cooperatives for success

We work in partnership with producer groups, financial institutions, county governments, processors, and input and service providers across the dairy, poultry and beef value chains.

Detailed map highlighting the geographic locations of past and active projects in Kenya.
Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Goats, Crops
Active Since


Heifer International’s presence in Kenya dates back to 1981 when we started working with a women’s dairy group in the western part of the country.

Our work has since evolved to cover the dairy, poultry and beef value chains, carried out in partnership with producer groups, financial institutions, county governments, processors, and input and service providers.

New government policies, the growth of agribusinesses and increased consumer demand for meat and dairy products have transformed agriculture, creating new markets for local farmers. Their challenge is to make their enterprises profitable and sustainable.

In the dairy sector alone, weather has big impacts on production. Yields can drop by 50% during the dry season.

More than 682,000 families supported by our work.

Significant progress has been made through our work with farmers to increase production and productivity by strengthening extension services and farmers cooperatives. The cooperatives aggregate products including milk, negotiating better prices with dairy processors. But there’s still work to be done to close the living income gap.

Our hub model developed in our East Africa Dairy Development project (EADD) connects farmers to a one-stop-shop where they can not only sell their milk, but also access services including financing, veterinary care, and purchase feed and medicine. The hubs also play an important role in providing quality assurance and transportation that farmers need to deliver on bigger contracts, and play a vital role in connecting farmers to the formal economy.

We leverage our strong ties with local communities and build on the success of the hub model into the goat, beef, poultry and crops value chains. We work to make women equal partners, include young people, and adopt environmentally-friendly production practices.

Women-led community self-help groups receive and facilitate training in new farming practices. They learn business development skills, and many have started cultivating vegetables and producing other milk-based products to diversify their incomes and diets.

Farmers in Kenya are also part of Hatching Hope – an initiative founded by Heifer International and Cargill Inc. to improve the livelihoods and nutrition of 100 million people by 2030, through the production and consumption of chicken meat and eggs.

Living Income

Heifer International invests in farmers and business owners around the world, because we know having a secure source of income can be truly transformational for families and their communities. With support from our in-country teams, project participants build sustainable businesses to close the living income gap.

Living Income is the amount of money each person in a household needs per day to live a dignified life.

In Kenya, we are currently using US$2.34 in Rift Valley, US$2.56 in Upper Eastern, US$2.44 in Nyanza, and US$2.21 in Western.


  • ABS Global
  • Agricultural Sector Development Support Project (ASDSP)
  • Agrocares
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Cargill

  • County Governments
  • Dutch Government (RVO)
  • Horticulture Crop Directorate (HCD)

  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Irish Embassy

  • KCB MobiGrow

  • Kenya Dairy Board (KDB)
  • Meru Greens Horticulture

  • Molaplus
  • New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (N-KCC)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
  • Sistema BIO
  • Soil Cares Foundation

  • Solidaridad East Africa
  • Sunculture
  • Tetra Laval


  • World Agroforestry Centre