The Dairy Development Project of the Growing Sustainable Business (GSB) sector of UNDP, led by Tetra Pak, is investigating an integrated approach to address constraints and issues along the value chain of milk (from milk supply, production, processing, marketing to consumption) in building milk production in Tanzania. They hope to achieve poverty reduction through employment creation and local economic development and reduced child mortality through improved nutrition and health.
Current milk production and processing capacity is very low in Tanzania. Milk is mainly produced by app. 16 million indigenous cattle yielding only about 1.5 liter/day/cow. Less than 10% of the milk produced is marketed as processed milk or dairy products, meaning that most milk is consumed unprocessed. Meanwhile, Tanzania imports a large volume of dairy products from South Africa, Kenya and EU countries. The import of all dairy products averaged 34 million liters per annum during the past six years.
The project is investigating an integrated approach to address constraints and issues along the value chain of milk (from milk supply, production, processing, marketing to consumption) in building milk production in Tanzania. The focus of the project will be to introduce UHT technology, which might be more suitable to local context (areas without refrigerators, electricity, etc.) while lowering risks of investment, also leading to reduction of malnutrition rate.
Tetra Pak, Royal Dairy, Brookside Dairy, Ministry of Livestock and Water, Tanzania Investment Center, Tanzania Dairy Board, UNDP are working in collusion to help increase local economic development through dairy sector development, increase income through engaging small holder farmers, and reduce incidence of malnutrition. This will benefit dairy farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, and consumers.