The project is aimed at improving the bargaining power and sustainable livelihoods of smallholder milk producers in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand and enhancing the production and marketing of quality milk and dairy products. The project interventions focus on improving the quality, productivity and market access of smallholder dairy farmers in the 3 targeted countries. Organization of activities along the value chain including mechanisms for milk collection, processing, pricing, marketing and payment to farmers will vary across project locations to suit the local conditions. The value derived from dairy production will substantially improve. While the project targets specific country interventions based on nationally identified priorities, it also includes a regional element that aims at establishing the Asian Dairy Network to share knowledge and disseminate market information about smallholder dairy across the region.
5000 smallholder milk producers organized in Milk Producers’ Organisations (MPOs) in 6 selected pilot milk-shed areas participate in the project and their main derived benefits are improved market access and milk productivity, reduced post-harvest losses and improved quality and shelf-life of milk and dairy products, leading to higher incomes and food security through increased milk consumption and sales. The availability of more and safer milk is also expected to benefit a further 6,000 children under pilot school milk nutrition schemes. The project started in 2011 and is now entering the 2nd year of implementation. Activities are progressing very well and in 2012 the focus of the project will be on enhancement of dairy extension services, feeding management and organizing the pilot school milk nutrition schemes.