Somaliland has a large livestock resource base consisting of camels, cattle, sheep and goats, which are primarily raised for meat and milk. Livestock accounts for more than 60% of GDP, and demand for livestock products in the country continues to grow.  There are however a number of constraints exist in the value chain, including i) scarcity of fodder ii) animal health problems iii) inadequate support services iv) low technical capacity, governance and coordination mechanisms, and v) low phyto-hygienic standards or processes to obtain quality milk and poor transport infrastructure, high temperature and humidity, which lead to rapid spoilage, and reduced milk marketability.

This project which recently ended aimed to enhance the Somaliland milk value chain through research and development, capacity building and strengthening governance and rehabilitation of the milk market. The foundation has thus been laid to increase income generation and employment of dairy farmers and pastoralists, especially women and youth, and to reduce food insecurity in Somaliland.

Donor

European Union

Co-Implementers

  • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Somaliland Ministry of Livestock