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Representatives from Kenyan farmers’ organisations, cooperatives, NGOs and the private sector discuss marketing and policy issues affecting livestock keepers

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Representatives from farmers’ organisations and cooperatives, NGOs and the private sector met in Nairobi to discuss and increase understanding on the challenges and opportunities around distribution, marketing and policy that affect livestock health products and services in Kenya.

The event, held on 21st August 2014, was co-hosted by GALVmed, Kenya Livestock Producers’ Association (KLPA) and Agri-ProFocus. There were 55 participants representing 21 organisations from  poultry, beef, small ruminants and dairy cooperatives and processors as well as agri-finance cooperatives.

GALVmed co-facilitated the event with KLPA and gained insights on participants’ perceptions on livestock policy and animal health product distribution and marketing. Participants shared their thoughts on challenges in accessing livestock health products and policies that have hindered them from accessing the products. Attendees shared their successful approaches and methods in accessing livestock health products and organising stakeholders. Delegates suggested possible solutions and approaches to address marketing, distribution and policy challenges and developed action plans.

GALVmed informed participants on the GALVmed-supported products and their uses and linked them with East Coast Fever and Newcastle disease vaccine distributors. Participants, facilitators and hosts also networked with one another for future opportunities and potential partnerships.

In their post-meeting feedback, farmers expressed appreciation for the shared knowledge and the opportunity to engage with many partners that will be beneficial in improving their livestock enterprises.

The final workshop report is currently under preparation and will be published at a later date in our Document Repository.