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Cold Storage Facilities For Small-Scale Dairy Farmers

24 May 2011

ETHIOPIA - Dairy farmers with just a few cows, located in the more remote areas, have difficulties accessing cold storage facilities.

Partly because of that, milk quality is below health and safety standards and cannot be sold on high-value markets. A new project, financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to make cold storage facilities appropriate, accessible, available and affordable for these smallholders.

A consortium of the Dutch BoP Innovation Center, LEI and SNV Ethiopia will identify ways to unlock private investments and co-innovate low-cost cold storage technologies. Activities in the first half of 2011 will define the ‘plausible promise’ of cooling services for low-income farmers in detail. It will answer the following questions:

  • Is access to cooling indeed a critical factor to create added value for Ethiopian low-income dairy farmers? If so, then what is the cooling service package that farmers can afford?
  • Is there an (incipient) interest from larger private players to co-invest and -innovate in cooling services or in other products that would help low-income farmers to sell on high-value markets?
  • What specific business models can be identified for the further development?

The project will work in a close collaboration with the Marked-Linked Innovation programme for Dairy Development In Ethiopian highlands (MIDD).

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