Adapting dairy market hubs for pro-poor smallholder value chains in Tanzania

Published on 18 May 2012

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Start Date: 1 January 2012 | End Date: 31 December 2012


Smallholder dairying offers several pro-poor benefits for rural livelihoods and nutritional security. These include opportunities for intensification and enhanced productivity and incomes, employment in services and marketing, and nutrition for smallholder producer households as well as urban consumers served by informal markets.

Unlike most crop and livestock enterprises, its benefits throughout the value chain are generated daily rather than seasonally. In many cases especially in short value chains, benefits flow disproportionately to women, the landless, and other marginalized groups, an issue that has to be addressed with increasing commercialization.

The goal of this project is to achieve inclusive growth and reduced poverty and vulnerability among dairy dependent livelihoods in relevant rural areas in Tanzania.

The one-year inception phase of this project (January to December 2012) aims to provide proof of concept that pre-commercialized, marginalized smallholder men and women can be targeted successfully.

If the project successfully establishes a proof of concept for this type of pro-poor strategy based on dairy market hubs, it will guide and accelerate implementation of future larger scale dairy development projects over a further four-year period.

The project is designed to support the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish for the Tanzania dairy value chain.

Activities during the inception phase (2012)

  • Assess the current status of the Tanzanian dairy sector and identify appropriate entry points and partners for promoting a more pro-poor development orientation.
  • Develop a strategy for strengthening the policy environment to better support pro-poor dairy development, capitalizing on ongoing engagement with key policy actors and previous successes in Kenya and Uganda.
  • Identify sites appropriate for piloting pro-poor dairy development interventions that have been successful elsewhere in East Africa, and assess how those interventions need to be adapted to the Tanzanian context.
Activities over five years
  • Inform policy on appropriate role for pro-poor smallholder-based informal sector value chains in dairy sector development.
  • Generate and communicate evidence on business and organizational options for increasing participation of resource-poor male and female households in dairy value chains.
  • Develop scalable value chains approaches with improved organization and institutions serving resource-poor male and female smallholder dairy households.

Funding: Irish Aid

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