Africa | Smallholder farmers
A better life through profitable cattle
Many smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya own just a few cattle, and those don’t give enough milk. An income of one euro per day is not uncommon. They would like to increase their production, but don’t have access to the knowledge, financing and resources they need to do achieve that. MyFugo offers financing, knowledge and access to technologies that can dramatically improve the lives of farmers and their families.
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start collaboration Rabo Foundation and MyFugo
more income for participating farmers
It’s hard to earn a living as a smallholder dairy farmer in Kenya. Long periods of drought make feed scarce and expensive, which means cattle produce much less milk than they could with more feed. Farmers also own cattle breeds that produce less milk in the warm Kenyan climate. Expanding their herds isn’t an option, because the farmers don’t qualify for loans from banks. They also often lack the knowledge necessary to increase their production and run their farms more professionally.
MyFugo: the ideal partner for the Kenyan dairy farmer
MyFugo has worked on behalf of dairy farmers in Kenya since 2018. They help farmers who earn less than 1.50 euros per day increase their income by:
“MyFugo helps farmers with credit and technology to produce more, sustainable milk.”
MyFugo’s impact in 2020
Rabo Foundation and MyFugo
Why did Rabo Foundation finance MyFugo in 2020, and again in 2021? Because they support innovative smallholder farmers in increasing their milk production. In the process, MyFugo contributes to two of Rabo Foundation’s important impact goals. The first is climate-smart agriculture: with better resources, cattle and knowledge, farmers are less dependent on the climate for their food production and income. MyFugo also strengthens the farmers’ position in the value chain. With more and better-quality products, it is easier for them to find buyers willing to pay fair prices for their milk.
We provided MyFugo a loan and technical assistance that enabled them to help 1,800 farmers improve their lives last year. With the technical assistance, they were able to train 480 farmers, who in turn increased their yields dramatically from 2 liters milk per cow to 8.
MyFugo in 2021
MyFugo’s approach was so effective that their name recognition skyrocketed among Kenyan farmers’ cooperatives. 11,000 extra farmers joined the cooperatives partnered with MyFugo. And more than 13,000 more farmers applied for financing or technical assistance. With a new loan from Rabo Foundation in 2021, they are already reaching many more farmers and giving them a chance to improve their lives.
Find out more about our impact in Africa in 2020. Explore our results and read more stories that showcases how we create growth opportunities for smallholder farmers.