Enhancing Dairy Sector Growth in Ethiopia (EDGET)

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The goal of Enhancing Dairy Sector Growth in Ethiopia (EDGET) is to improve household income and nutritional status of children, through increased production, enhanced processing and marketing dairy products.

Building on the Mass Hormonal Synchronisation and Insemination Project, the breed improvement programme of the Government of Ethiopia, EDGET supported 65,000 dairy farmer households to achieve 100% income increase from dairy within five years. To qualify as an EDGET programme participant, households needed to have at least 1 to 3 milking cows and they should be willing to allocate 0.25 ha. of land for fodder production and adopt improved technologies. In the process of enhancing the capacity of farmers to make money from dairy, SNV through EDGET is working in 51 woredas of Amhara, Oromia and SNNP regional national states. SNV is:  

  • Developing rural dairy markets through improving linkages between input suppliers, producers and their organisations, such as cooperatives, dairy processing units and wholesalers and retailers;
  • Promoting backyard and farmland forage, and accelerating the adoption of commercial supplemental feed for calves and cows by reinforcing a decentralised agro-input system;
  • Developing and testing new dairy-based products for children to contribute to the improvement of their nutritional status;
  • Giving special priority in project participation to female-headed households to enhance women’s  entrepreneurial engagement in the milk value chain;
  • Building strong partnership with government livestock development agencies and research institutions, private sector partners, cooperatives and dairy farmers for sustainability. 

The project also improved the nutritional status of 500,000 children, particularly in the first 1,000 days of their lives, through consumption of milk products.

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