The Derisking Inclussion and Value Enhancement (DRIVE) Project team, today concluded Market Linkage Training program for 60 Community Champions from Tana River and Garissa Counties, at Lantern Resort in Garissa County. This is a significant step towards enhancing livestock market connectivity in the region, an initiative that aligns to the Bottom up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA). The training is aimed to familiarize participants with Livestock Market Linkage, fostering direct connections between producers, aggregators, buyers, and consumers.
The market linkage approach is aimed at connecting livestock production groups and pastoralists more directly to markets for livestock and livestock products. The livestock linkage therefore is only achieved by creating forums for buyers, sellers and intermidiary service providers for livestock and livestock products.
The training curriculum covered vital aspects such as animal health, quality assessment, and livestock identification, equipping champions with essential tools to navigate market dynamics successfully.
Anticipated outcomes include improved market stability, promotion of identification and tracebility systems, better prices for goods negotiated by pastoralists, access to financial institutions for credit and demysified export market expectations for livestock and livestock products.
The training iis an opportunity for the livestock market linkage champions and members of the livestock production groups to have exposure tours to select abattoirs in the country for practical experience.