Food for Progress

Promoted private sector investment in dairy production and value chain infrastructure

Through the Mozambique Dairy Development Program, a Food for Progress initiative funded by USDA, we linked 4,629 smallholder farmers to a commercial dairy value chain in Maputo, Sofala, and Manica and trained 17,392 farmers improved agricultural techniques and management practices. This program expanded on the success of our Manica Smallholder Dairy Development Program. By the end of MDDP, the value of locally produced and processed milk climbed from US $112,000 per year to $5.9 million, increasing incomes and making rural families more food secure.

Dairy was a marginal sector of little relevance to smallholder farmers and SMEs, and now private sector, Government and NGOs recognize dairy as a sector with high potential. By 2016, almost 20,000 farmers were supported with dairy and animal traction training, 10 cooperatives and 8 Milk Collection Centers established, and at least $6M in private and public investment leveraged for the sector.