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Asian Region National Demonstrations on the LP-s of Milk Preservation in Selected South-Eastern Asian Countries
Bangladesh Community Livestock and Dairy Development Project
Ecuador Establishment of a Small Milk Processing and Marketing Unit for Smallholders
Gambia Improving Milk Safety and Farmers' Income Using the Village Milk System
Ghana Training Programme for the Small-scale Dairy Sector
Global Organisation de la Collecte du Lait dans les Zones sans Infrastructures Laitieres
Guyana Establishment of a Low-cost Model Milk Marketing Enterprise
Jamaica Establishment of a Model Dairy Processing Co-operative
Kenya Restructuring the Kenya Dairy Board
Madagascar Training on Milk Collection and Processing
Mexico Mejoramiento de la Producción y Transformación de la Leche en el Estado de Veracruz
North Korea Establishing Model Goat Milk Processing Units
Peru Fabricación y Comercialización de Quesos de Cabra
Sri Lanka Improved Services to the Livestock Sector in Sri Lanka
South Pacific Establishment of a Regional Reference Centre for Milk Processing and Marketing in the South Pacific
Thailand Training Programme for the Small-scale Dairy Sector
Vietnam Improving the well-being of poor farmers by developing milk production from local resources

 

Asian regional: National Demonstration on the LP-s of Milk Preservation in Selected South-Eastern Asian Countries
Project symbol: TCP/RAP/0171
Duration:December 2001 - November 2002
Short Description:
This is a regional technical cooperation programme in which 6 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam) are participating. The project will conduct national demonstrations on the application of the Lactoperoxidase system of milk preservation at collection centres aiming at raising regional awareness to safe, cheap and effective alternative milk preservation method. The adoption of the system together with tailored training on hygienic milk handling is expected which will lead to expand milk collection routes, to increase farmers income and improve hygienic quality of milk and dairy products.

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Bangladesh: Community Livestock and Dairy Development Project
Project symbol: BGD/98/009
Duration:  July 1999- December 2005
Short Description:
The overall development objective of this project is to support national efforts for poverty alleviation by providing a model for sustainable rural development through livestock-based income generating activities at the rural community level which reduces the incidence of poverty; enhances development opportunities for women; improves household food security and nutrition; sustainably increases family income; and is consistent with safeguarding the environment by promoting integrated farming system. The project is located with the Grameen Motsho (Fisheries) Foundation (GMF), a non-profit arm of the Grameen Bank. The Foundation operates three inland fisheries in partnership with 3,000 or so very poor people who are organised into village groups.

The project aims to better fish pond operator livelihoods, especially the livelihoods of disadvantaged women, through promoting their earnings from livestock, poultry and dairy production; and through their participation in self-operated, self-reliant village organisations. It seeks to accomplish this by adapting and expanding the GMF village group structure and the Grameen micro-credit system to provide 7,750 assetless and functionally landless people with extra skills for starting income increasing and food production activities. This is to be achieved firstly by making a range of micro-credit packages available from community owned and managed development funds for livestock raising. And secondly, by establishing innovative, low cost, community owned milk processing enterprises for marketing pasteurised milk under a ‘Grameen Dugdha’ (Village Milk) label.  In the process, an ecologically sustainable crops-livestock-fish farming system is to be introduced, including over 300 biogas units. The system will be available for replication in other areas of Bangladesh.

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Ecuador:  Establishment of a Small Milk Processing and Marketing Unit for Smallholders
Project symbol: TCP/ECU/0169
Duration: May 2002 - April 2004
Short Description:
The project will provide two groups of milk producers with technical support and minimum equipment for the establishment and sustainable operation of the small-scale milk processing enterprises. The model enterprises will be replicated sustainably in other regions of the country. It is also expected to encourage rural milk producers to produce improved quality nad quantity of milk which is required for the improved milk processing.

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Gambia: Improving Milk Safety and Farmers'Income Using the Village Milk System
Project symbol: TCP/GAM/2802
Duration: April 2002 - September 2003
Short Description:
The overall project objective is to improve the safety of milk and dairy products. Through establishing model small-scale milk processing units combined with milk collection centres and through introducing low-cost milk preservation system utilising lactoperoxidase system, rural producers can access to the market with their surplus milk and fresh milk and milk products of proven hygienic quality will be made available at the market. To build up local human capacity for the sustainable replication of the project outcomes, dairy training centre equipped with the demonstration milk processing unit will be also entablished.

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Ghana: Training Programme for the Small-scale Dairy Sector
Project symbol: TCP/GHA/0167
Duration: March 2002- October 2003
Short Description:
The objective of the project is to develop short-term, tailor made training courses for persons and organisations involved in whole chain of small-scale dairy sector to improve efficiency and quality of the products. The project activities include establishment of a dairy demonstration and training centre for the safe collection, processing and distribution of milk and dairy products; training of trainers who will form core training team for the outreach field training. The detailed project workplan was endorsed by the Dairy Task Force in March, the equipment will be delivered by December and training will commence in early 2003.

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Global :Organisation de la Collecte du Lait dans les Zones sans Infrastructures Laitieres (Global Lactoperoxidase Programme Phase II)
Project symbol: GCP /INT/793/FRA
Duration: February 2001 - January 2003
Short Description:
Ten west African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) are participating this project. The overall development objective of this project is to raise awareness by developing countries to the Lactoperoxidase system of raw milk preservation.

Through training and demonstration on the application, Lactoperoxidase system of raw milk preservation is expected to be appropriately adopted by the milk supplier chain, which allows small-scale milk producers to access to the promising market and to reduce the significant losses after milking. Training will cover improvement of quality of milk on farm, organisation and management of small scale dairy producers groups (mainly women) and milk quality control during milk collection. At the same time, the project will develop practical code of practice on the application of the system which is intended to be approved by Commission of Codex Alimentarius. This practical code must take into account the wide variation of the milk collection systems, milk transport and processing all over the world.

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Guyana: Establishment of a Low-cost Model Milk Marketing Enterprise
Project symbol: TCP/GUY/0066A
Duration: : November 2000 - October 2002
Short Description:
The overall objective of the project is to facilitate market access for dairy products thereby stimulating farmers' productivity and creating the opportunity for improving the income and standard of living of small-scale farmers. The project foresees the setting up of a pilot low-cost milk collection- processing- marketing system, training and demonstration for milk producers and dairy staff, and development of a business plan for the commercialisation and replication of the model. The small-scale dairy enterprise will use the low-cost technologies and systems being developed by AGA to collect, process and market safe milk. The enterprise has been established and is supplying part of its pasteurised milk to the rural school milk programme.

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Jamaica: Establishment of a Model Dairy Processing Co-operative
Project symbol: TCP/JAM/0067 (Phase II)
Duration: June 2000 - June 2001
Short Description:
The overall objective of this project is to demonstrate, on a pilot basis, processing and marketing of fresh milk produced by small- and medium-scale milk producers. Demonstrating milk processing and marketing at pilot dairy plant and comprehensive training will enable small- to medium-scale milk producers and their organisation to implement diversified income-generating activities which contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in household

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Kenya: Restructuring the Kenya Dairy Board
Project symbol: TCP/KEN/0167 (A)
Duration: November 2001 - August 2003
Short Description:
The Kenyan dairy sector is responsible for almost one-third of national agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Uniquely for Africa, some 600 000 smallholders produce about 60 percent of the country’s marketed milk with women being directly involved in milking, household processing and marketing. Approximately 80 percent of this milk is sold raw in the unregulated informal market, leading to public concerns about hygiene and safety. Due to persistent mismanagement, the Kenya Dairy Board (KDB), a huge de-facto, once oligopolistic parastatal, faces financial problems and now markets less than 20 million litres of milk annually, down from upwards of 250 million litres in its heyday. In 1992, the processing and sale of milk was liberalized and there are now over 40 small- and medium-sized companies and co-operatives processing some 150 million litres of milk annually. Many smallholder milk producers supply these new processors. As part of a raft of measures aimed at expanding the dairy industry to respond to these developments, and the increasing demand for milk and dairy products, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has sought to reform KDB.

The objective of the project is to prepare, and initiate the implementation of a programme to restructure and commercialize KDB into a modern, cost-efficient, self-reliant body that works to promote the dairy industry, and which is accountable to the entire dairy industry.

Main results expected include the following: a remodelled organizational and staffing structure to reflect KDB's updated purpose and independent functions related to delivery of services and information; a set of clear and easily understood standards for the dairy industry; 19 workshops, training courses and field days held for up to 500 key stakeholders representing KDB (board members and staff), milk producers, processors, market intermediaries, other dairy institutions and Government agencies to sensitize them to the process of changing KDB; media campaigns developed, and implementation initiated, for raising consumer awareness about the new dairy industry structure and standards, and about milk hygiene, safety and nutritional benefits.

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Madagascar : Training on Milk Collection and Processing
Project symbol: TCP/MAG/067A
Duration: September 2000 - June 2002
Short Description:
L’objectif de l'assistance est de fournir au Ministère de l'élevage un modèle de développement laitier pour les zones enclavées par la mise en place d'un système de collecte bien adapté, basé sur le principe de la recherche du profit maximum et régulier pour les petits producteurs de lait.

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Mexico: Mejoramiento de la Producción y Transformación de la Leche en el Estado de Veracruz
Project symbol: TCP/MEX/0166
Duration: July 2001- December 2002
Short Description:
El objetivo del proyecto es de mejorar la capacidad productiva y los ingresos de los ganaderos del Estado de Veracruz, a través de la introducción de sistemas silvopastoriles destinados a mejorar la calidad y la cantidad de forraje y la demostración de tecnologías para la conservación y la transformación de la leche, diseñando también una estrategia de comercialización y apoyando la creación de una Asociación de ganaderos que pueda asegurar la durabilidad y la difusión de los beneficios del proyecto.

A finales del proyecto, por lo menos 50 productores y técnicos extensionistas habrán sido capacitados en el manejo de hatos lecheros y en tecnologías para la conservación y transformación de la leche. También se habrá establecido un sistema de colección de la leche y un centro para su transformación en queso y se habrá constituido una organización de productores ganaderos para el manejo de este sistema y el aprovechamiento máximo de sus beneficios. En base a la demostración de rentabilidad económica de este sistema, el Gobierno promoverá su replicación a otras regiones, facilitando en particular el acceso al crédito de organizaciones de productores.

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North Korea: Establishing Model Goat Milk Processing Units
Project symbol: TCP/DRK/0168 (A)
Duration: September 2001 - July 2003
Short Description:
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is predominately mountainous with only 15 percent of the land area used for agriculture. Since the mid-1990s successive natural disasters and input shortages have resulted in the decline in domestic food production. Food is rationed and the country relies heavily on international food aid.

Expansion of goat milk production to diversify the food production base is given high priority as goats can use vegetation on sloping land unsuitable for food grain production. One of the major bottlenecks constraining goat milk production is the lack of processing and distribution infrastructure to get the milk, a perishable but highly nutritious food, to people in an acceptable form. Up to 45 percent is reported to be "lost", or poorly used. Milk availability is currently estimated at just 4 kg. per capita per year. The Government sought technical assistance from FAO to address these problems.

The overall objective of the project is to develop national capacity for diversifying agricultural production on cooperative and state farms by introducing improved goat milk preservation technologies. As a result, it is expected that the Government's capacity for efficient goat milk processing will have been strengthened.

The project was approved in September 2001 and started in October and is scheduled for completion by July 2003. The Pasture Establishment and Livestock Department of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is executing the project. Two model dairy units will be set up to process goat milk into drinking yoghurt, a product that retains all the milk nutrients in a form readily accepted by the population. The first is on the Taejam Co-operative Farm about 50-km east of the capital Pyongyang; the second at the Pyongryul Goat Breeding Farm, about 80-km to the north. The demonstration units will be partly built in caves to reduce costs.

Part of the cash surpluses generated by the model units will be distributed to farmer-workers. While the milk will mainly be produced on the two farms, surplus milk will also bought for cash from individual farmer-workers some of whom also keep goats. The project is closely linked to AGA A3 "Livestock for Poverty Alleviation" regular programme activities. The model units will use some of the improved technologies being developed and promoted by AGA to collect, process and distribute relatively small quantities of milk efficiently and safely. Based on project experience, an action plan will be drawn up to expand the model to other areas of the country as part of the longer-term national food security effort.

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Peru: Fabricación y Comercialización de Quesos de Cabra
Project symbol: TCP/PER/2803
Duration: May 2002- October 2003
Short Description:
El proyecto contribuirá a mejorar el nivel económico de los pequeños productores de una zona marginal a través de la instalación y operación de una quesería modelo que permitirá producir un queso mejorado y de buena calidad con leche pasteurizada que aumentará los ingresos de los productores de leche caprina y que permitirá eliminar los casos de Fiebre de Malta (Brucelosis) en los consumidores.

Las actividades del proyecto permitirán obtener un aumento de la producción total de leche de cabra, la organización de la Asociación de Criadores de Cabra del Valle de Chillón con mejor acceso a los servicios de extensión y 300 productores de caprinos capacitados en la producción y comercialización de quesos frescos en forma tecnificada y pasteurizada. La comercialización directa entre la Quesería Modelo y los grandes distribuidores permitirá destinar a la mujer productora la parte principal de los beneficios, y permitirá la reducción del trabajo de ellas que tradicionalmente han estado a cargo de la transformación de la leche en queso.

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Sri Lanka: Improved Services to the Livestock Sector in Sri Lanka
Project symbol: TCP/SRL/0169 (A)
Duration: August 2001 - May 2002
Short Description:
With the continuing pressure on public resources, the present policy of the Government of Sri Lanka is to privatise and commercialise the goods and services it provides where appropriate, and the livestock sector is no exception. To achieve this, it is essential to examine the present roles of government institutions working in the livestock sector, including their links with other institutions. A policy framework for the livestock sector is urgently required to define the roles, key areas for investment and responsibilities of the public and private sectors to cater for the present and future needs of the livestock sector. Furthermore, a plan of action needs to be developed to assist the government in implementing the changes proposed. The Government of Sri Lanka recognises this and during 2001 it will be finalising its next Six-Year Development Plan which will include a Medium-term Livestock Plan. To assist in the process, the Ministry of Estate Infrastructure and Livestock Development (MEI&LD) has requested FAO assistance through its Technical Cooperation Programme.

The objective of the project is to support the livestock sector in three specific areas: a)  the preparation of a policy paper which will include priority areas for development, investment and appropriate implementation strategies; b) an analysis of the existing organisational and institutional setting, including options for making them more effective and efficient in fulfilling their specific roles; and c)  preparing a detailed plan of action for implementing the proposed changes. As a result, it is expected that the Government’s capacity to improve livestock services in the country will have been effectively strengthened.

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South Pacific: Establishment of a Regional Reference Centre for Milk Processing and Marketing in the South Pacific
Project symbol: GCP/SAM/007/FRA
Duration:  November 1997 - December 2002
Short Description:

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Thailand: Training Programme for the Small-scale Dairy Sector
Project symbol: TCP/THA/2802
Duration: September 2002 - August 2004
Short Description:
The objective of the project is to develop the organisation of short-term, tailor made training courses for persons and organisations involved in whole chain of small-scale dairy sector to improve efficiency, quality and safety. An improved small-scale milk collection and in-pouch pasteurising and packaging system will be field tested at the Sankampaeng Women's Village Co-operative model dairy enterprise and validated to comply with the Food and Drugs Administration food standards and regulations. In addition, in order to build local human capacity to expand project activities, a dairy demonstration and training unit will be established at the Chiang Mai Dairy Training Centre and trainers will be trained who will form the core dairy training team at the Chiang Mai Dairy Training Centre. Mobile milk quality control and training system will be established to deliver training at field level. Through these project activities, the rural smallholder milk production system will expand and small-scale milk processors can improve the quality of their products.

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VIETNAM : Improving the well-being of poor farmers by developing milk production from local resources
This project recently received the prestigious Edouard Saouma Award 2000/2001: READ MORE
Project Number: TCP/VIE/6613 (T)
June 1996 - December 1997
Short Description:
The award winning project (TCP\VIE\6621 "Improving the wellbeing of poor farmers by developing milk production from local resources"), focused on goat milk production, collection, processing and marketing of cheese and was set up in collaboration with the Goat and Rabbit Research Centre, Son Tay, Hatay Province, Vietnam. Project activities were towards responding rapidly to market demands and opportunities in the form of goat cheese. This approach enabled the provision of a high rate of return to farmers for their milk and has resulted in the successful and sustainable operation of the enterprises started by the project.

The project approach was based on simple low-cost technologies and on training. It is worth noting that the main beneficiaries of the project were small-scale women farmers who not only carried out much of the work at farm level but who were and continue to be the processors and marketers of their high quality cheese. The project also attracted significant attention from other donors and the approach was replicated by IFAD and GTZ among others in the region.

The milk is collected daily by a centre financed by the beneficiary community. The centre produces goat cheese which is sold here in Hanoi in several shops and restaurants. Other donors (UK, GVC Italian NGO) have funded the replication of this project in a larger area (UK) or in other locations (GVC). Several national and international institutions (NGOs, Embassies, line Ministries) are visiting the project site to know about this experience. Most of the success is due to the dynamism of the national institution involved (Goat and Rabbit Research Centre) which has been able to optimise the TCP resources

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