Analysis of dairy farmer’s willingness to pay for targeted extension and advisory services in Kenya
Julius Githinji1, Gabriel Mwenjeri2, James Rao1
1International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods Program, Kenya
The dairy subsector plays a crucial role in the Kenyan economy, contributing to employment, food security, and agricultural productivity through manure provision. With approximately two million Kenyans relying on the dairy industry for their livelihoods, the sector has experienced consistent growth, driven by increased demand for value-added products, commercialisation, and adoption of zero-grazing practices. The growing domestic population and in the region coupled with the increasing middle-income class offers an even more promising future for the dairy industry in Kenya. However, despite this growth, dairy farmers often struggle to achieve profitability, facing challenges such as low milk productivity and high production costs. To enhance productivity, the adoption of new technologies and management practices is essential. Extension and advisory services are crucial in facilitating technology adoption among smallholder dairy farmers, empowered and well-informed farmers embrace innovation. Traditionally, the government has provided extension services, but the system has faced challenges, including an unsustainable ratio of government personnel to farmers, leading to criticism of its effectiveness and insufficiency. In response to these shortcomings, private extension and advisory services have emerged in the dairy sector, offering targeted and responsive support to farmers.
Keywords: Dairy subsector, extension and advisory services, willingness to pay
Contact Address: Julius Githinji, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods Program, 30709-00100, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya, e-mail: J.Githinjicgiar.org