Appraising small-scale modern dairy development in Kenya

Michael Tribe

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The paper considers technology and scale choice in milk processing in Kenya - specifically in an area remote from large-scale processing facilities. Raw material deterioration is of paramount concern, together with insertion of modern small-scale technology into the established marke structure. UHT (ultra high temperature) treatment significantly increases the shelf life of processed milk over raw milk, but 'diseconomies of small-scale' associated with miniaturising the modern technology endangers economic viability by comparison with larger scale plants using the same technology type. The small-scale modern technology is therefore in danger of 'falling between two stools'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience, Technology and Development
Subtitle of host publicationNorth-South Co-operation
EditorsMozammel Huq, Prabhakara Bhatt, Chris Lewis, Ahmed Shibli
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 1991


  • science and state
  • developing countries
  • technology
  • technology transfer


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