7 November 2017. Brussels, European Parliament. Smallholder dairy development in Africa with a particular focus on pastoralist systems.
CELEP prepared a background note together with the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL). (see RELOAD project: Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains)
Reference: background document on the role of the European Union in support of pastoralist and smallholder dairy farming in (Eastern) Africa.
The objective of the briefing was to inform and raise awareness in the European Parliament to design policies and finance programmes and projects on pastoralism (CELEP mission statement).
The roundtable discussion allowed for every participant to the session to express her/his opinions regarding the topic with a clear view on challenges and opportunities for pastoralist development and small-scale dairy development
in sub-Saharan Africa.
The session included a discussion on:
- What is pastoralism, how do you define it?
- How many pastoralists are there in Eastern Africa?
- What is pastoralist’ live like?
- What is its’ importance? How do we measure this importance?
- How does it contribute to national and regional economies?
- How does it contribute to livelihoods?
- How does it contribute to food security and nutrition?
Widespread misunderstanding about pastoralism has left it often under protected, undervalued and an unintended victim of uninformed policies. However, this livelihood system, which evolved as an adaptive strategy to be able to thrive in some of the world’s harshest regions, is ideally suited to the climatic and economic uncertainties of our turbulent century. Informed and supportive policies need to be developed and implemented to realise the tremendous potential of pastoralism.
- Climate Change
- Food Security Nutrition
- Access to services (health services (human and animal), education, etc.)
- Access to resources such as land, water, etc.
- Access to infrastructure such as electricity, roads, etc.
collection and processing units.
- What is the status of the dairy sector in Eastern Africa? What is the dominant production system? What is its’ potential? Is there auto sufficiency when it comes to dairy?
- What are the challenges related to pastoralist’ dairy production? Is there a potential?
- What about camel milk? Is this also being developed? Is there a market for that?
4. Pathways for pastoralist development.
- What can the EU do to support pastoralism?
- Which initiatives exist that fight particular challenges (land rights, climate change, etc.)?
- What can be done within the EU (domestic policies) to support pastoralist development in Africa?
13 November 2017. Expanding Dairy Businesses in Ethiopia
USAID/Ethiopia’s Agriculture Growth Program – Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD) project enhances the capacity of women entrepreneurs like Meskerem Solomon in livestock value chains. Meskerem founded the Azu Dairy Farm in 2007 and is using a grant alongside training in cheesemaking, dairy management and business proposal development through AGP-LMD to expand the dairy’s milk buying contracts to smallholder farmers who do not have other market access, increasing their incomes as well. She also plans to expand the dairy’s cheese processing capacity to meet growing demand, including from her own pizza restaurant.