Dairy sectors all over the world are challenged by expanding populations and economic growth. Growing demand for dairy products has led to a significant increase in public and private involvement and to new opportunities for a range of stakeholders. This 2 weeks course will enable participants in designing and implementing dairy development strategies in emerging economies.
Developing a strategic framework for dairy sector development in emerging economies
Designing sustainable and profitable dairy systems
The Netherlands has a recognized role on dairy development and innovation worldwide and during this course you will have the opportunity of better understanding and interact with its private, public and educational sectors.
You will be surprised to discover that the variety of the Dutch dairy systems not only include high-tech high-input farms with annual production of over 10 thousand litres of milk per cows but also farms with local breeds, goats called by name and the only commercial camel dairy farm in Europe. We will discover how a farmers develop and adopt innovation based on their own preferences, moving between conventional and organic, on farm processing or fluid milk, short chains for local market versus industrial value chains and export.
The course will use a mix of lectures, discussions, group work and field trips to offer background, theoretical foundations, as well as practical approaches for production and market development. The dairy sector of both the EU and the global south economies will be considered in the lectures. Taking the participants’ own situation as a starting point, we will analyse the current condition, explore options that are already available for further development and design new dairy systems in a responsible manner.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- have a clear picture of the multiple aspects of dairy systems, their relation with markets and the emerging challenges and opportunities due to urbanization, climate change, decreasing of resources and consumers demand;
- have the ability to develop scenarios in search of alternative options and trade-offs in resource-scarce situations, using state-of-the-art approaches;
- design own transition paths for the introduction of innovative farming interventions that are socially, economically and ecologically balanced.
The basic prerequisite for participation in the course is active interest and professional experience in this field. Participants should be proficient in English, and have at least a BSc degree or an equivalent academic qualification.