Ethiopia Dairy
Development Project

Improved dairy sector efficiency and quality, stimulated business development and strengthened market linkages.

At the outset of USAID-funded EDDP, Ethiopia’s dairy industry was wrought with inefficiencies, including poor milk quality, unorganized farmers and systemic problems. But, through incremental improvements, Land O’Lakes increased the quality of milk and milk products, which resulted in a higher demand for the products and an escalated interest in investing in the dairy sector. The project not only provided enhanced income generating opportunities for smallholder dairy producers, but also expanded the availability of dairy-based foods for Ethiopia’s growing urban population.

By training participants on the application of new technologies, consumer marketing, and milk collection and cooling, EDDP helped form producer organizations and strengthened existing cooperatives.

With an additional $4 million from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Land O’Lakes supported people affected by HIV (PLHIV) by collaborating with associations that could provide them with dairy-based livelihoods. Altogether, EDDP established roots for private investment that would generate employment and income for smallholder families and provide affordable, high-quality, nutritious dairy products for Ethiopian consumers. EDDP reached a total of 33,850 smallholder dairy farmers, and the dairy-related incomes of smallholder dairy producers increased by 60 percent.