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CTA-ILRI seminar on dairy value chain in Africa

Linking smallholder dairy farmers and small traders for more sustainable modes of production

August 27, 2014

Many Sub-Saharan African countries have, in general, seen their dairy industries take different development pathways. All over the continent, the challenges of collecting and adding value to milk from itinerant pastoral herds remain daunting. Some countries are net exporters of dairy products while others are net importers. Moreover, language barriers are another obstacle in connecting African dairy value chain stakeholders.

In this context, CTA together with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will organize a seminar on Dairy Value Chain in Africa in Nairobi on 21-24 September, with funding support from the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish.  

This seminar aims to enable different dairy value chain practitioners (farmers’ representatives, private sector firms, NGOs and development agencies, government officials) and researchers to share lessons on conducive policies, capacity development tools for the analysis of dairy value chain development.

Looking at the lessons learnt from Africa, the EU and other regions of the world that are relevant to African regional contexts, the seminar will discuss three topics: “Conducive policies to foster sustainable dairy value chain development in Africa”, “Review and assessment of methods and tools for capacity development of dairy value chain actors” and “Review and assessment of analytical models and tools to measure the performance of dairy value chains”.  

Today, due to the impact of dairy value chains on the environment and on local employment all over Africa, consumers, civil society and development agencies are encouraging those in the dairy industry to seek more sustainable modes of production.  

This seminar will be held back-to-back with the 10th African Dairy Conference & Exhibition organized by the Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA) with whom CTA is developing a strategic partnership.  

Would you like to participate in this seminar? View the call for contributions here.