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ROOPEN-PRADEL Importance of developing local milk - Supply of milk to large urban centers (Niamey basin)


Titre : ROOPEN-PRADEL Importance of developing local milk - Supply of milk to large urban centers (Niamey basin)

Pays : Niger

Date : Start date 2021-10-15 // End date 2022-10-15

Identification : A-06590-03

Niger is an agropastoral country with more than 1 million head of livestock in 2017 and a culture of consumption of milk and dairy products. Livestock is one of the fundamental pillars of the country’s economy through its by-products. It is the second most important economic activity in Niger, contributing 15% of the national budget, 13% of national GDP and 35% of agricultural GDP. Average per capita consumption, which was around 140 liters per year in the 1960s, fell to 30 to 40 liters in the 1990s, andto 22 liters in 2006, despite the large number of dairy centers in the country and the overall demand for dairy products, which is increasing due to population growth, particularly in large cities. The supply of milk to large urban centers is becoming socritical that Niger is importing all forms of milk. Local milk in West Africa and Niger is facing competition from imported dairy products, which are exerting downward pressure on price levels and reducing the economic and social potential of the local dairy sector. Poor profitability prospects reduce investment in the local sector and direct capital to the import and repackaging of milk powder or a mixture of milk powder and vegetable fat. More specifically, even when local milk is processed in local industries, the place of producers in the governance of the sector and the share of the added value they receive is often too small. This can have the consequence of reducing the interest of producers, especially in the management of the herd balance. However, the improvement of the milk chain requires, among other things, a greater investment of the farmers in this channel via animal feed, for example. And if there are experiences of local milk collection on a larger scale, particularly in the Niamey basin(Nariindu, Solani, etc.) with interesting results in terms of collection, the impact on the price paid to producers and especially the capacity of producers to strengthen their bargaining power in the sector is sometimes questioned, underlining the importance of developing local milk that also takes into account issues of income and the place of male and female milk producers in the sector.

Financement : Oxfam Belgium
Total budget : 26,040 EUR

Acteur (s) : Network of Pastoralists and Breeders’ Organizations of Niger ROPEN-Maroobè,

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