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The Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity (KCDMS)
Funded under USAID’s Feed the Future, global hunger and food security initiative, the Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity (KCDMS), is a program aimed at transforming agricultural market systems in Kenya so as to enable intensification and diversification of priority value chains into higher-value commodities, and in addition to promoting non-farm activities, such as . Launched in late 2017, the project benefits farmers, entrepreneurs, and their households in 12 counties by leveraging markets, buyers, and larger farmers in other areas where such linkages benefit the target households. KCDMS focuses on the following five components:
(i) Developing a competitive, inclusive, and sustainable agricultural market system;
(ii) Diversifying production and improving productivity;
(iii) Creating a conducive policy environment for agriculture;
(iv) Integrating youth and women into agriculture market systems; and,
(v) Fostering collaborative action and learning for market systems change.
EAMDA is a consortium partner under the KCDMS activity program, and is engaged in facilitating the establishment of competitive, inclusive and resilient market systems in 10 value chains covering 12 counties in Kenya. The activity includes value chains such as, dairy, fodder, African leafy vegetables (ALVs), and fruits namely; mango, passion, banana, and avocado.