Originally starting in 1999 with 23 dairy goats KEDA has provided dairy goats to 915 marginalised households such as orphan caretakers, female headed and HIV/AIDS afflicted households. Under this scheme, non-local dairy breeds are distributed to poor households. These non-local breeds offer a number of advantages in comparison to local goat as well as cow breeds such as:
- Higher milk production – unlike indigenous goat breeds which produce no milk for human consumption, the dairy goats produce on average 4 litres of milk per day which is comparable to that of local cow breeds.
- Faster breeding rate – the distributed dairy goats goat breed at a much faster rate and can give birth to 1-3 offspring whereas local goat breeds take longer to reach maturity and produce only one offspring.
- Higher monetary value – these non-local dairy goats fetch prices 2 to 4 times greater than local goats as a mature 6 month old female dairy goat are valued at 80,000 to 100,000TSh (£33 to £41) which is roughly the equivalent of selling 60kg of maize
- Before receiving livestock, all recipients receive training on animal husbandry, breeding practices and how to combat animal disease to ensure that they can maintain and manage their received livestock and provide a long term impact.