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Strengthening a dairy cooperative’s extension services in Kenya

BAMSCOS, a union of farmer cooperatives in Baringo, Kenya teamed up with KIT and Agriterra in an effort to further strengthen and professionalise its extension services. For BAMSCOS this was a crucial step towards improving the income and conditions of their members. Furthermore, by handling larger volumes of milk it would increase the viability of the union.

Working with partners for capacity building

KIT and Agriterra supported BAMSCOS by providing a well-designed capacity building and joint learning process. We looked at issues relating to the institution’s overall extension strategy and design as well as the capacities of staff in the field

KIT undertook an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of BAMSCOS’s existing extension service. This analysis informed the design for a three day strategy workshop with the union management and the board, and a five day training workshop with the extension staff and the farmer leaders. Subsequently, the management as well as the field staff received coaching on implementing the changes agreed upon. Trainers based in Kenya played a key role in this coaching. After about nine months, we conducted a review and analysis of their experiences on implementing the changes at the management and field level to consolidate all that was learned through this process. 

The training model used was wonderful
A BAMSCOS manager after the first workshop

Services delivered

  • Education, training and coaching

    There is probably no better contribution towards sustainable development than investing in people and building capacities at all levels. KIT Royal Tropical Institute plays a major role in this by offering a range of education and capacity building services, from formal education at masters level to client-oriented training and coaching support. Our training and coaching programmes are tailor-made to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organisation

  • Knowledge Management

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute’s Knowledge Management Services help projects and organisations to systematically document their key experiences, draw out innovative elements and lessons learned and format these into communication outputs, including published papers, policy briefs, books, blogs and videos. Our support contributes to individual and organisational analysis and learning that helps the requesting project or organisation (and its partners) to increase the impact of their work.