Livestock contributes to 13% of GDP, supporting 10 million pastoralists.
Livestock keepers who depend primarily on livestock or livestock products for income and food occupy 80% of Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands. The dairy sector provides jobs to over 1.2 million people and contributes to 4% of the GDP.
However, fragmented markets are inefficient in price discovery and farmers are often price takers rather than price makers. Imperfect information allows middlemen to profit – surplus that should have remained with the farmers.