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Linking smallholder dairy farmers to modern value chains that respond to increasing urban demands in Africa

Current challenges and opportunities

October 6, 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.

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) organized the CTA-ILRI African dairy value chain seminar from 21 to 24 September 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. Held back-to-back with the 10th African Dairy Conference & Exhibition organized by the Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA), this event was made possible thanks to funding support from CTA, the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish.

Around 80 participants came from all over Africa and beyond to share their experiences, lessons learned, dairy value chain development models and analytical tools to study dairy value chains. The event was facilitated in an interactive way and simultaneous translation was available to maximize opportunities for sharing across the continent’s French-English language barrier.

Throughout the seminar, participants were asked to relate information they were gathering to three topics:

1. African smallholder inclusion into dairy value chains

2. Private-sector investment into the African dairy industry (focus on Africa-EU cooperation)

3. Gender roles and empowerment in African dairy value chains

All the case stories shared, the analytical tools contributed, the solutions shared by peers to concrete dairy value chain development problems, the photos, the videos and the presentations linked to the seminar are being compiled on the seminar’s website.

See the knowledge wall produced during the event here.