Milk for health and wealth

FAO DIVERSIFICATION BOOKLET 6

Milk
for health and wealth



Jørgen Henriksen



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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Rome, 2009


ABSTRACT

SMALLHOLDER DAIRYING OFFERS HIGH RETURNS TO LAND AND LABOUR, A SOURCE OF REGULAR INCOME, GIVES WOMEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME ECONOMICALLY ACTIVE, encourages cooperation between smallholders through backward and forward linkages and transfers capital from urban centres to rural areas through the trade of milk. Milk also improves nutrition and can be of particular importance to children, the elderly and people suffering from HIV/AIDS. All in all, dairying is a relatively low risk and low cost economic activity that has the potential to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods.

This booklet addresses how to promote sustainable development of smallholder dairy for the benefit of the rural poor. It is aimed at people and organizations providing advisory, business and technical support services.


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