Insights on the animal feed sector in Kenya
Part of the FeedTechKenya program, Larive International and Lattice Consulting have recently concluded an animal feed sector study in Kenya. The study address topics relevant to a wide audience directly or indirectly connected to the Kenyan animal feed sector. The report provides important insights that add to what has been done in existing studies.
The primary focus of the study has been to understand the size of the non-commercial side of the animal feed sector, related market dynamics, and mapping the geographical distribution of feed demand. The feed types examined are poultry, dairy, pork and tilapia.
This study has estimated feed demand bottom up, by analyzing feed consumption of farmers operating different production systems. Among the four examined feed categories, demand for poultry feeds is highest, followed by dairy, pig and tilapia feeds in chronological order.
The project team has investigated the determinants of farmers choosing for non-commercial feed alternatives. Kenyan farmers with different production systems have different feed usage characteristics. While a primary reason to home-mix feeds is to cut on feed costs, there is a myriad of factors that affect feed purchase decisions. The study reveals that the proportion of commercial and non-commercial feed used varies with the intensity of the production system. How production systems are distributed across Kenya determines where commercial and non-commercial feed consumption materializes. Consumption of commercial and non-commercial feed is therefore highly location dependent.
The study provides insight into numerous other market dynamics and sketches possible pathways to address challenging akin to the Kenyan animal feed sector.
In case you are interested to receive a copy of the full study report or if you have questions about FeedTechKenya, please send a request e-mail to Iris Boom.
The consortium includes Aeres Training Centre International, Almex Extrusion Techniques, Ottevanger Milling Engineers, Unga Farm Care ltd, Insectipro and Nutreco Africa. Larive International and Lattice Consulting initiated and coordinate the partnership.