This MSc thesis on dairy service delivery by lead farms in Ethiopia is written by Gerko Wassink BSc, Master student Development and Rural Innovation, Wageningen UR.
This research examined the role of five lead farms in Ethiopia in the process of increased market orientation and commercialization of small-scale dairy farmers. A lead farm is a relatively large, high-developed farm as compared to the neighbouring small-scale farms. A lead farm tends to serve as a supportive platform to the small-scale farms by delivering services such as milk collection, feed supply, demonstrations and trainings. This research is conducted to evaluate the key mechanisms used by the lead farms in the demand/supply articulation process that may or may not lead to a match between lead farms and small-scale farmers in the Oromiya region of Ethiopia. In addition, this research determines the coordinating role of the lead farms in the dairy value chain. Literature study gave insights into the useful mechanisms (Zijlstra et al., 2015), lead farm models (Christoplos, 2010) and coordinating roles (Poulton & Lyne, 2009). A multiple case study method is used to gain access to the data needed. The data was gathered through interviewing, observations and information artefacts. Remarkable are the differences between on the one hand lead farms in rural areas and lead farms in urban areas at the other hand. The research showed that lead farmers in the rural area use an open approach with a wide range of services based on a cost covering or donor-recipient relationship. The lead farmers in the (relatively) urbanized area use a cost covering or commercial relationship, especially in areas with multiple service providers. The results show which mechanisms, models and coordinating roles a certain lead famer could use to serve small-scale farmers in Ethiopia.
This baseline report of the Dairy Business Information Service and Support (DairyBISS) project presents the findings of a baseline survey among 103 commercial farms and 31 firms and advisors working in the dairy value chain. The objectives of the survey were to establish where possible a baseline for impact, outcome and output indicators in order to be able to measure progress over time: during the project and at the end of the project. These objectives of the baseline study also include informing the project on whether it is based on accurate assumptions about how change happens and to further shape the activities within the different strategies of the project.
The document tries to describe on the end market analysis of meat/live animals, Leather and leather products and Dairy Products of Ethiopia. The document review the opportunities and challenges to produce and deliver quality livestock products at desired amount for local and export market.
The document tries to examine and understand three livestock value chains: meat and live animals; hides, skins and leather; and dairy products. While each of the analyses describes the value chain’s under performance and the causes for this, each analysis also identifies opportunities and courses of action to address constraints and performance issues.
Here you can find the main discussion points and conclusions of the first meeting of the dairy business platform on October 6, 2015 held in Addis Abeba in Ethiopia. Among other things the objectives of the DairyBISS project, the preliminary findings of the baseline study and business opportunities report were discussed.
This business opportunities report elaborates on why to invest in Ethiopia by discussing the conductive investment climate, the diverse agro-ecology and fertile soils, the expanding infrastructure, and the competitive labour force of Ethiopia
The dairy sector in the Ethiopian Highlands: The place of traditional fermented milk products
In Ethiopia, around 97-98% of the annual milk production is accounted by the traditional milk production system, which is dominated by indigenous breeds. Most of the milk produced in the country is accordingly processed on-farm using traditional technologies that are generally not well understood. The very few enterprises currently operating in and around the capital depend on the traditional sector for the majority of their milk supply. These underscore the importance of understanding the traditional sector to render improvement interventions possible.
In August – September 2015 interviews were conducted in the light of developing a report on business opportunities for Dutch investors in the dairy sector in Ethiopia. The report has identified a list of opportunities for trade and investments in dairy production, business development services, and dairy processing and marketing.
The baseline survey of the LIVES project and the IPMS sponsored rapid butter market appraisal study clearly demonstrate the importance of butter in rural Ethiopia. The results of the rapid market survey conducted in the 10 Pilot Learning Woredas provided an insight into the functioning of the butter value chain. Results show that to improve the production of fluid milk and to increase the production of butter in rural areas, feed and fertility management need to be improved. Genetic improvement, especially crosses of local breeds with high fat content breeds, should also be encouraged. Since artificial insemination (AI) is not usually available in rural areas, use can be made of mobile teams and hormone assisted oestrus synchronization and mass insemination.
The working paper starts by describing butter production system in Ethiopia and its importance in the LIVES project areas. It then presents results obtained from the LIVES baseline data exercise as well as from the rapid butter value chain assessment study conducted by the IPMS project. The final section presents conclusions and recommendations on strategies and interventions to increase the size and efficiency of the butter value chain in the country.
Opportunities for dairy sector development collaboration in East Africa
A study of the dairy sector in six East African countries was followed by a dairy expert consultation in Uganda in April 2014. The objective of the initiative was to explore possibilities to improve coordination among development agencies, investors and other value chain stakeholders and governments, and for creating synergy within and between the different countries. This report describes outcomes of both study and consultation and is intended to serve as a reference document for all stakeholders. It includes recommendations and priority actions that should enable stakeholders to capitalize on the opportunities in the East African dairy sector and clarify the roles of various partners in this endeavour (donors, public sector, and private sector). Study and consultation were initiated by the Inter-Agency Donor Group (IADG) on pro-poor livestock research and development.