Introducing the MilkIT project: Enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation and value chain development approaches
MilkIT Alan Duncan MilkIT Pre-inception Workshop, Nairobi 24th – 25th January 2012Enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation and value chain development approaches
Why are we here?IFAD have agreed to fund a feed value chain and innovation project in India and Tanzania: MilkIT (Enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation and value chain development approaches)
IFAD funding mechanismsMilkIT is funded from Rome as a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG)TAG’s are regional in nature and designed to provide research support to IFAD investment projects.
What is planned for MilkIT?Building on FAPFurther experimentation with innovation approachesValue chain analysis and action researchDevelopment of tools for feed and market assessment
ObjectiveTo contribute to improved dairy- supported livelihoods in India and Tanzania via intensification of smallholder production focusing on feed enhancement using innovation and value chain approaches.
StructureBudget: 1 million (for 2 countries for 3 years)Duration: 3 yearsImplementation – Co-ordination: ILRI (Alan) – India research: ILRI (Nils) – Tanzania research: CIAT (Brigitte) – Additional inputs • on feeds: Ben, Michael • on value chains/ economic assessment: Ayele? • on Tz dairy scene and wider issues: Amos
Links to IFAD investmentsIn Tanzania – Agricultural Services Support Programme (2007-2014) – Rural Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Support Programme (2007 – 2014)In India – Integrated Livelihoods Support Project, Uttarakhand (starting imminently)
Objectives Institutional strengthening: To strengthen use of value chain and innovation approaches among dairy stakeholders to improve feeding strategies for dairy cows. Productivity enhancement: To develop options for improved feeding strategies leading to yield enhancement with potential income benefits. Knowledge sharing: To strengthen knowledge sharing mechanisms on feed development strategies at local, regional and international levels
Links to other initiativesMore milk, meat and fish, for and by the poor (CRP 3.7)More milk, for and by the poor (Irish Aid Tz)EADD2 (Southern Highlands of Tz)ELKS India (Tata)