Market-led Dairy Innovations Project (M-DIP)
The M-DIP project will improve the competitveness of 20,000 snallholder dairy farmers in the Zambian southern provinces.
The M-DIP project will improve the competitveness of 20,000 snallholder dairy farmers in the Zambian southern provinces. The project will establish market-based input services and skills training to increase farmers' productivity. The project started January 2018 and will continue until end December 2019. M-DIP is a follow-up project to Dairy Business Development project
Through public-private partnerships, farmer cooperatives will be linked to service providers to provide their members 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.