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Sustainable peri-urban milk value chain development in Somaliland

Sustainable peri-urban milk value chain development in Somaliland

Full title of the project:

Sustainable peri-urban milk value chain development in Somaliland

Target areas:

Somaliland state

USD 2 379 231
Project code:

To contribute to increased income and the reduction of food insecurity by strengthening dairy sector governance and coordination, milk quality and market linkages along the dairy value chain, increased milk production, and increased gender-driven income generation opportunities for dairy value addition and market access.

Key partners:

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development.

Beneficiaries reached:

Milk producers and retailers, dairy cooperative and association representatives, milk collector and trader associations, dairy enterprises, livestock keepers, dairy and fodder producers, associated industry operators, women’s cooperatives, line ministries and pastoral and consumer communities.

Activities implemented:
  • Reviewed and revised the Somaliland Dairy Policy Act, Standard Operating Procedures and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Supported the creation of 13 new dairy cooperatives and the revitalization of 12 existing primary dairy associations.
  • Trained 105 representatives from 25 dairy cooperatives and associations on group formation, governance, record keeping, conflict prevention and management, milk handling and hygiene practices.
  • Revitalized four of five existing secondary milk collector/trader associations within the Hargeisa municipality.
  • Established six satellite cooler centres/milk hygiene units for milk aggregation and installed six solar-powered containers in centres for cold storage.
  • Set up six community dairy cold chain facility oversight committees to manage centres.
  • Supported the training of 26 cold chain facility management and oversight committee members for improved facility management and operations.
  • Installed five solar-powered chest freezers in five milk markets in Hargeisa and Gabiley districts.
  • Distributed 5 000 Mazzi cans for milk collection and storage, 450 aluminum cans, one milk pasteurizer, one lactoscan and 12 lactometers.
  • Supported the development of a milk hygiene and quality assurance course and trained 25 people on milk hygiene and quality assurance.
  • Trained 28 staff from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development, the Somaliland Quality Control Commission and the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Unit on milk hygiene hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP).
  • Provided training on milk hygiene and value addition to 314 female milk retailers and provided them with inputs including yoghurt, starter culture, mala/sour milk starter culture, yoghurt flavours and sieve cotton cloths.
  • Disbursed start-up grants worth USD 250 each to 300 female dairy cooperative members.
  • Developed key messages and a campaign video on milk hygiene and handling practices.
  • Supported the training of 300 female dairy cooperative members on financial management, book-keeping, leadership, cooperative management, business partnerships and marketing.
  • Supported the rehabilitation of the Gabanimo milk market.
  • Strengthened existing procedures and laws thereby enhancing governance and compliance with milk hygiene quality control procedures.
  • Improved the quality of milk handled in six quality assurance and hygiene units.
  • Revitalized and operationalized four secondary milk collector-trader associations, enabling milk transport services to enterprises in Hargeisa.
  • Equipped all dairy value chain actors with the necessary expertise to improve milk hygiene and handling practices, milk production, milk value addition, entrepreneurship, business planning, governance and leadership.
  • Strengthened women’s role in dairy production through training in business skills, milk value addition and the distribution of start-up grants.
  • Incentivized consumer communities to drink milk thanks to the distribution of improved milk storage containers.
  • Increased the accessibility of milk production equipment and inputs to milk collectors, milk retailers, dairy cooperatives and Somaliland’s Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development.