Evaluation of camel milk project series in Isiolo, Kenya

In the arid regions of Kenya, camels play an increasingly important role in securing people's livelihood, especially with their milk. However, many pastoralist communities don't have a tradition of camel keeping and hygienic milk handling.

Factsheet

Situation

HAFL was commissioned to conduct an impact assessment of the camel project series implemented by VSF-Suisse. The NGO started to promote the camel value chain in Kenya in 2010 and some projects are still ongoing until December 2021. Activities of VSF-Suisse included restocking poor households with camels and partly goats, training in camel health and disease management, as well as trainings in milk hygiene, value addition and business skills. Moreover, community disease reporters were educated to help cover remote areas with contact persons for animal health.

Course of action

Literature review followed by surveys with three different stakeholder groups: pastoralist people in Isiolo county (beneficiaries of restocking measurements); camel milk traders in Isiolo county that are bringing camel milk from Isiolo to Eastleigh, Nairobi; camel milk traders in Eastleigh, Nairobi. Supplementation and data triangulation through key informant interviews.

Result

Ex post assessment report on impact of camel project series in Isiolo, Kenya.

Looking ahead

Experience and expertise for future camel projects.