This pilot study aims to identify and address the data needs of Ethiopian dairy sector stakeholders. The study will inform recommendations on how modelling and data analyses can be more effective in supporting livestock sector development in target low and middle-income countries.
The team working on the pilot demand study commenced work in April 2018, starting with the development and implementation of an effective methodology. The research team led by Prof Brian Perry has now visited Ethiopia twice, to speak with some of the key players and stakeholders in the dairy sector. These include staff from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, the Ethiopian milk producers association, and the Ethiopian milk processors association, as well as people from international development organisations working on dairy-related projects. The second visit focused on stakeholders in some of the regions including Makelle and Awassa. These areas were chosen after extensive conversations with different stakeholders, based on strengths and weaknesses of different dairy enterprises and types of stakeholders in these zones. The team plan to hold a focus group in August to consolidate some of their findings.
The findings will be shared towards the end of 2018.
Photo credit: Z. Sewunet (ILRI)