Articles by Kimberlee Ables
Through a pilot, Land O’Lakes International Development discovered that producing nutritious snacks for kids is indeed cheaper and faster when sourced in-country, and working with the right partners. But they also found that making connections between farmers and food processors can strengthen a once-weak value chain with incredible results.
The five-year program by Land O’Lakes, supported by a grant from USAID, set up or expanded 23 milk bulking groups across the country. The result? Farmers’ incomes were boosted, and they got access to productivity-enhancing inputs, insurance coverage, technical training and community prestige.