Potential for increased smallholder dairying
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CTA. 1993. Potential for increased smallholder dairying. Spore 46. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The World Bank has estimated that demand for milk and dairy products in sub-Saharan Africa will increase by 5.5 million tonnes by the year 2025 - a growth rate of 4% a year. Much of this demand will be concentrated in urban areas. Currently in most...
The World Bank has estimated that demand for milk and dairy products in sub-Saharan Africa will increase by 5.5 million tonnes by the year 2025 - a growth rate of 4% a year. Much of this demand will be concentrated in urban areas. Currently in most of this same area, demand for milk and dairy products exceeds supply. In West Africa local production meets only 60% of per capita dairy demand. In the past, much of the deficit was met by imports but increased world market prices, combined with shortages of foreign exchange, limits the ability of most African countries to continue importing dairy products. This situation represents a major market opportunity for domestic dairy producers, particularly those near urban centres. The International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) has conducted studies of milk markets in four countries and examined the influences of dairy imports in sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. ILCA is also researching smallholder dairying at four sites in the highlands of Ethiopia, the coastal subhumid zone m Kenya, the subhumid zone and the border between humid and sub-humid zones in Nigeria. Surveys at all four sites have shown strong demand for dairy products, primarily in urban areas. Work is now under way at these sites to develop technical packages to increase production of milk by smallholders. To this end ILCA had been working on developing improved food and feed production systems; development of legume-based fodder banks; development of local breeds of cattle and improved animal health; and management strategies for periurban milk producers. ILCA PO Box 5689 Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA