Market-led Dairy Innovations Project (M-DIP)

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The M-DIP project aims to provide smallscale dairy farmers in southern Zambia with agro-inputs, services and skills that will increase their production and productivity. Our goal is to establish market-based smallholder dairy support services around dairy cooperatives in southern provinces.

Through public-private partnerships, cooperatives will be linked to service providers to provide farmers with access to goods and services such as: agro-inputs, technical services, dairy skills, training, business supoort, fodder, artificial insemination (AI), and access to credit for investments in dairy enterprises.

The project objectives are:

  • Strengthen dairy cooperatives' role in service provision by improving their organisation, business management, governance and institutional capacity.
  • Improve milk production and productivity by building the capacity of farmers in dairy management.
  • Promote improved feeding by working with cooperatives to demonstrate the viability of commercial fodder production enterprises.
  • Increase access to financial services by facilitating the formation of two Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) within two cooperatives.
  • Improve access to breeding services by identifying and nurturing AI enterprises through an innovation fund (to finance AI service providers at cooperative level).
  • Contribute towards an improved enabling environment by establishing platforms for dialogue with government, private sector players and other actors.

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