According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2014 data, Kenya loses approximately 95 million litres of milk annually, accounting for USD 22.4 million annually, and the impact is mainly at the farm level. Post-harvest losses in the dairy industry include these losses at the farm level after milking and all through the market chain up to consumption. This is the raw, fresh milk or its various product forms that get spoilt due to poor handling and lack of cooling facilities.
Savanna Circuit Technologies, a Kenyan youth-led manufacturing and last-mile distribution company, is tacking post-harvest milk loss by dairy farmers and cooperatives with portable solar milk coolers for dairy businesses. The coolers can be placed on any means of transportation and quality control equipment. It aims to enable cooling on transit, cut milk post-harvest loss and spillage while creating traceability through a smart dairy management system, and improve incomes for dairy businesses in East Africa.
Savanna's impact in Kenya is best illustrated through its support of farmer cooperatives and dairy hubs in 10 counties in vast dairy zones. Since 2019, Savanna has worked with various actors to pilot and commercialise their cold chain solutions. Milk transported via solar milk chillers is traceable and of high quality with no losses registered, as quality checks at the farm gate allow feedback in case of milk rejection. In addition, farmer's geolocation allows for optimised aggregation through router mapping. As a result, milk quality improved, and more volumes made it to markets, resulting in better incomes for farmers while creating over 650 green jobs. After a year, there was significant growth – more than 150% improvement - in key dairy performance indicators: milk quality, production, and farmer income, among others. Savanna Circuit Technologies is supported with funding from the UK government through the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund.
For more information, visit: www.sav-circuit.com