Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 179–184

Adoption of milk cooling technology among smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya

  • Florence Gathoni Gachango
  • Laura Mørch Andersen
  • Søren Marcus Pedersen
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DOI: 10.1007/s11250-013-0472-6

Cite this article as:
Gachango, F.G., Andersen, L.M. & Pedersen, S.M. Trop Anim Health Prod (2014) 46: 179. doi:10.1007/s11250-013-0472-6

Abstract

Factors influencing adoption of milk cooling technology were studied with data for 90 smallholder dairy farmers who were randomly selected from seven dairy cooperative societies in Kiambu County, Kenya. Logistic regression identified the age of the household head, daily household milk consumption, freehold land ownership, fodder production area, number of female calves, cooperative membership and cooperative services as significant factors influencing farmers’ willingness to invest in milk cooling technology. These findings offer an entry point for increased interventions by policy makers and various dairy sector stakeholders in promoting milk cooling technology with the aim of significantly reducing post-harvest losses and increasing the sector’s competitiveness.

Keywords

Dairy production Cooperatives Post-harvest losses Milk coolers Investment Kenya 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Florence Gathoni Gachango
    • 1
  • Laura Mørch Andersen
    • 1
  • Søren Marcus Pedersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Food and Resource EconomicsUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark

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