Women’s co-op dairy in Kenya breaks agricultural glass ceiling

Women’s co-op dairy in Kenya breaks agricultural glass ceiling

Women’s co-op dairy in Kenya breaks agricultural glass ceiling
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In 2012, Tuiya joined the Elenerai Cooperative Women Society. The group largely consists of former firewood and charcoal traders. Through dairy farming, tree planting and rain water harvesting project, they are slowly rehabilitating the landscape and building its resilience against drought.

Each member of the cooperative started by contributing KS 3,000 (US$29) to a kitty for the purchasing of dairy cows.

“We started as a merry-go-round by planting trees, nippier grass and buying a cow for each member, now I have almost two hundred trees and I no longer rely on firewood and charcoal for money,” says Tuiya.

Women were trained in dairy farming management through the support of the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). This helped them improved the dairy’s milk yield to 3,500L per day.

Source:http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/06/22/womens-co-op-dairy-kenya-breaks-agricultural-glass-ceiling/

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