Worldwide dairy consumption is expected to grow in the coming years. This also applies for Ethiopia which already has a long tradition in livestock. To stimulate commercial dairy development Wageningen University & Research conducted a survey to map and assess the areas with a high potential for milk production.
Expert knowledge, geo data, and statistics
Important factors for a high potential of increasing milk production are e.g. the potential for feed production, accessibility to local markets such as big cities, circumstances for livestock like breed, health care and climatic conditions. In total 14 milk production clusters were assessed by local experts including local stakeholders providing area-specific input, and experts of Wageningen University & Research. This information was combined with existing geo data and statistics making it a very complete assessment.
Market and climate key factors
Eventually the three clusters with the highest potential seem mainly located around the capital Addis Ababa. Especially remoteness in time and distance to major markets and less favourable climatic conditions (for animals and feed production) play a key role in the assessment.
The assessment was carried out under de DairyBISS project which supports sustainable development of the Ethiopian dairy sector. The results are shared with representatives of the dairy business, policy makers, and stakeholders.
The survey entitled ‘Mapping and assessing high potential areas to increase milk production in Ethiopia’ is available as Wageningen Livestock Research report 1128.