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The "Fermented Food for Life” project aims to improve food and nutrition security by increasing local production, distribution and consumption of health-promoting probiotic fermented yoghurt in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, targeting to reach 250,000 consumers in the three countries by its end in June 2018. A pro-poor value chain-based business model was identified as a common approach to achieve project’s main objective. In Uganda, over 100 production units of probiotic yoghurt are up and running across the whole country reaching at least 60,000 regular consumers. The project supported also the establishment of 58 production units in Tanzania and 37 in Kenya, producing in total around 14,000 litres of probiotic yoghurt per week. In Tanzania and Uganda, 56% of production units are owned by women, and 68% of all people involved in probiotic yoghurt production and sales are female. The project has also provided a unique opportunity for employment of rural youth involved in the distribution of yoghurt. Partners in project’s implementation include Heifer International, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Western Ontario and Yoba for Life Foundation. The project is undertaken with the financial support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC),

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This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and with financial support from the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Project descriptions are available at the IDRC's project page, and this case study booklet can be found as well in the IDRC's digital library.

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