Barriers and opportunities for women milk traders in peri-urban Nairobi

In much of Africa, milk is not only an important dietary component, but a vital livelihood activity. Dairying provides income to many people, up and down the dairy value chain. In Nairobi’s peri-urban resource-poor areas, informal milk trade dominates the market: most residents rely on it to source milk for consumption, and dairy traders rely on it to support their livelihoods.


FIPS VBDA Lillian Ochieng cleaning her cow’s udder in preparation for milking in Usaha village Siaya County, Kenya (Photo credit: FIPS/Raymond Jumah)

A recent study shows that women and men informal milk traders in peri-urban Nairobi experience different constraints in their business. Alessandra Galiè, a Senior Gender Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Emily Camille Myers, Research Analyst from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), presented key findings from this study in a webinar held on 17th December 2018. The presentation discusses the gendered differences in women and men milk traders’ participation along the dairy value chain…

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