The Dairy Genetics East Africa (DGEA) project’s success hinges on the participation of small holders dairy farmers and their willingness to share their knowledge and practices. Selected project sites include Kaptumo, Siongiroi, Meteitei, Kabras, Butere/Khwisero in Kenya and Wakiso, Bushyenyi in Uganda. On 27th of June, a field trip in the Kenyan sites to monitor animal performance progress also doubled up as an opportunity for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) representatives, Gregg BeVier and Lee Klejtnot, to visit selected farmers. A group of 6 farmers of varying socioeconomic backgrounds and dairy experience shared their livestock keeping experiences, challenges and opportunities with the Gates Foundation representatives and ILRI staff.
Gregg and Lee also had an opportunity to visit the People, Animals and their Zoonoses (PAZ) project sites in Busia Kenya on the 28th of June. This project is studying zoonotic diseases with the aim of raising the levels of health in poor rural communities.
Kenya livestock learning trip video
Watch the below video to find out in details how this experience was for the BMGF representatives, hear what the farmers said they would invest in if they were given USD 1000 and see some of the local techniques that farmers apply in daily household activities.
Picture review of the visit
Gregg BeVier of BMGF, Vish Nene of ILRI and Lee Klejtnot of BMGF visiting the PAZ project site in Busia
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Photo credit: Lee Klejtnot/BMGF , Eric Fevre/ILRI