Inclusive and climate-smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains | Global Challenges Programme project

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Project description

This research project on inclusive and climate-smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains is connected to the CCAFS project titled Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) for Dairy Development in Kenya.

NAMA supports stakeholders in Kenya to design/pilot activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy production. Despite the many initiatives in the dairy sector, scaling up of good practices is lagging behind. This research aims to describe business models of chain actors and supporters to identify opportunities for scaling up good climate-smart practices.

Six dairy value chain case studies will be purposely selected, three in Kenya and three in Ethiopia, with varying degrees of market-orientation. Three Ph.D. students will be lead investigator, each in two selected chains.

Relevant chain stakeholders (actors, supporters, influencers) will be actively involved in the design, data collection and sharing of research output, particularly those with influence to scale up.

UNIQUE will ensure this NWO-funded research is linked with the CCAFS project by:

  • Ensuring that the NWO-funded research is in line with the broader research and development objectives of the CCAFS initiative;
  • Linking the researchers with key stakeholders in the broader CCAFS initiative;
  • Facilitating researchers and other stakeholders to elaborate a joint research approach;
  • Facilitating uptake of research outputs by next users, and promoting visibility of the project in the CCAFS-related network;
  • NWO and CCAFS funds are used to research complementary topics in the same value chain. The NWO-funded Ph.D. student researches resilience at household level including intra-household dynamics, and UNIQUE will contribute in the quantification of GHG emissions so that collectively the study can look at synergies or trade-offs between the two climate-smart topics.


Ethiopia and Kenya


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This project is one of eight projects working to scale climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in East Africa that were funded in the fourth call of the Food & Business Global Challenges Program (GCP4)

The GCP4 is a collaboration between CCAFSNWO-WOTRO and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, under the recently established NL-CGIAR partnership.