Cont’ Navigating Challenges: Unlocking Productivity for Small-Scale Livestock Farmers

In our last blog, we talked about small-scale livestock farming in Kenya. These farmers are important because they provide local communities with meat and milk, which are important sources of protein. But these farmers are faced with a range of challenges that make it hard for them to carry out their practice effectively.

In this part II of the blog, we will continue talking about the challenges faced by small scale farmers and how we strive help them. Our goal is to help farmers become more sustainable and have improve their lives. So, let’s continue our journey to understand the challenges and possible solutions.

  1. Poor Record Keeping and inadequate knowledge on use of technology

Proper record keeping crops to be one of the main challenges hindering productivity by small scale farmers.

In our record keeping session, John who has been dairy farming for four years gave his own perspective on why he hadn’t maintained his records.

Honestly, Daktari,” he confessed, “I never saw the value in it. But I’ve faced the consequences firsthand – from lost productivity to financial uncertainty. Poor record-keeping has made decision-making a shot in the dark.”

Incorporating technology as a record keeping tool can vastly improve productivity, but small-scale farmers often struggle with access to tools like mobile apps for tracking livestock data or automated feeding systems due to cost and infrastructure limitations.

In one of our training workshops in Kimandi, Murang’a County, a group of 13 small-scale dairy farmers gathered around to garner knowledge on improving productivity through record keeping by use of a booklet as well as the digital platform. Jane, one of the farmers, hesitantly asked,

Daktari, how do these booklets and digital platforms really help us?” With a reassuring nod, our vet replied, “Jane, think of it this way – our Imfuyo platform is like a digital guardian for your records. It helps you track everything from milking schedules to veterinary visits. It’s your partner in keeping tabs on your cows’ health and productivity. And these booklets? They’re like your backup singers, giving you a paper trail that you can touch and feel. Together, they ensure that you have a crystal-clear roadmap to your dairy farm’s success. No more head-scratching moments, just informed decisions paving the way to growth!”

 Jane’s eyes lit up with newfound understanding, and as our vet continued further with the explanations, the group of  farmers felt a surge of empowerment, armed with the tools to conquer their record-keeping challenges and steer their dairy farms towards a brighter future.

         2. Climate Change and Environmental Factors 

Changing weather patterns and environmental pressures can adversely affect livestock health and productivity. Small-scale farmers may lack the resources to adapt their farming practices to these changing conditions.

Promoting sustainable farming practices that take into account climate change impacts can help mitigate risks and improve overall productivity.


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