SNV Presentation: Support To ASAL Markets PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 04:07

Authors: Morgan Siloma and Sabdiyo Dido


ASALs of Kenya comprise nearly 80% of the land mass, with predominant land use being pastoralism/livestock. One of the dominant livestock with increasing popularity is the camel. In Kenya, the camels comprise about 10% of all the livestock, which amount to about 1 million animals. It’s estimated that 2.5 million out of the 3.3 million people in the ASAL areas are directly involved in Camel keeping.

The market potential for camel products has rapidly increased in recent years, with milk not just consumed by pastoralists but increasingly being sold in local and international markets because of its nutritional and health values. This popularity is further reinforced in the face of the now regular droughts; debilitating effects of climate change and mounting food insecurity, for which camels and products offer some form of mitigation.  Unfortunately,  this potential has not been fully taped due to various factors that range from production level constraints, market level awareness, supportive environment and private sector participation amongst others. For example Isiolo County, which has about 40,300 camels, has a daily milk production of approximately 40,000 liters. Out of the 40,000 liters only about 5,000 liters (12.5%) is supplied to the main market in Eastleigh. A further 25% is consumed at the household level whereas the about 50% is either consumed by the calves or just not milked. Of the milk that reaches the market, there are concerns around hygiene, business efficiency; lack of regulatory framework to supports the business amongst others.

In response to this challenge, SNV in close collaboration with key partners have supported the different chain actors to explore this opportunity through a market based approach. These include understanding the camel milk sector through the value chain analysis, supporting opening up of traditional and non-traditional markets, promoting business efficiency for chain actors and promoting favourable macro level environment for camel milk business amongst others. These interventions have yielded positive results in improving the demand for camel milk, opening up new markets, enhanced interaction between chain actors and improved business performance for the actors involved. However, there is still immense opportunity not fully explored.

This paper highlights SNV and its partner’s experiences in supporting market development for this ASAL product and aims to highlight key issues that need focus in developing markets for ASAL products generally and camel milk in particular. The paper also highlights areas of information gaps that further constrain market development for camel milk.
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