Directory of small scale milk and
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During the early stages of the FAO Technical Co-operation Programme Training Programme for the Small-scale Dairy Sector project in Kenya in the mid-1990’s, the difficulty in obtaining information about equipment suitable for small-scale milk processors was identified as one of the key constraints holding back expansion of the sector.  Newly emerging small-scale entrepreneurs wanted to know where such equipment could be obtained, and at what cost.  As a result, the project produced a small directory listing the suppliers of this type of equipment.

FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division in Rome regularly receives requests from around the world for similar information.  The Division also currently provides technical support to a number of locally executed projects promoting small-scale, low-cost milk collection, processing and marketing technologies in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, especially where small producer groups are involved in marketing.  FAO experience indicates the value added by selling safe, attractively packaged processed milk and dairy products can double producer returns.



We therefore decided to expand the original directory and make it available to a wider audience.  Professor Lusato Kurwijila from the Sokione University of Agriculture in Tanzania, one of the team involved in implementing the Kenyan project, kindly agreed to produce the expanded directory.

The directory focuses on milk processing modules handling from under 500 litres per day (micro-scale) up to 5,000 litres per day (small-scale).  It is being published in print form to make it available to prospective small-scale dairy entrepreneurs who do not have access to the Internet.  The directory is by no means complete.  Inclusion of any supplier or manufacturer of specific equipment does not imply endorsement of the listed sources.  It is based on information already available from the Kenyan directory, or provided in response to a questionnaire sent out during our recent email conference on small-scale milk collection and processing in developing countries.  The proceedings of the email conference are also available on this Website.

The directory is the first in a new series of practical guides dealing with the small-scale processing of livestock products.  Feedback from readers would be highly appreciated as it is our intention to update the directory regularly.  Interested parties are asked to submit relevant material to FAO using the form that can be found in the directory.

Brian Dugdill
Dairy and Meat Officer
(Institutional Support and Training)
Animal Production and Health Division
FAO, Rome

FAO, 2000