Phase II (2019–2021) core project

Phase II core project

Agri-entrepreneurship, technology uptake and inclusive dairy development in Tanzania

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Dairying is widely recognized as one of the most promising agricultural pathways towards prosperity. Growing out of the smallholder dairy research for development activities developed under the first phase of Maziwa Zaidi (MZ) program: The proposed intervention for MZ Phase II (2019-2021) is centred around a catalytic core project titled “Agri-entrepreneurship, technology uptake and inclusive dairy development in Tanzania”. The project aims to catalyze uptake of “proven” dairy technology packages that improve the livelihoods of small holder farmers. It will do so by consolidating previous research to date and translating it into an integrated package of pilot interventions. The pilot interventions will generate the evidence needed to attract public and private development investment to take them to scale. The core project will work closely with other research and development projects in the target sites such as the ILRI-led project of the Africa Dairy Genetics Gain (ADGG) and agribusiness development projects led by partners.

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Vision and objectives

Phase II envisions that investors replicate dairy agribusinesses and catalyze an inclusive and sustainable development of the dairy value chain benefitting all value-chain actors.

The overall objective of the project is to pilot uptake of dairy technology packages through institutional approaches that involve inclusive agribusiness models for improved livelihoods of smallholders and environmental sustainability in Tanzania. We hypothesize that interventions involving empowered and appropriately skilled agri-entrepreneurs offer a promising avenue for enhanced uptake of profitable dairy technologies and services leading to increased smallholder competitiveness, household income and consumption of safe milk.

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The project will apply market systems approaches in which empowered agribusinesses profit from enhanced uptake of technology packages and facilitate the inclusion of women- and youth-led dairy agribusinesses. The project will explore how agribusiness incubation and mentorship can bring together competitive and efficient agribusinesses potentially leading to more competitive smallholder dairy farmers that can identify and prepare to scale technology packages that deliver more impact on productivity, income and household consumption of safe milk. The project will collaborate with agribusiness development initiatives to support agribusiness skills development and embed proven dairy technologies in the portfolio of products and services they deliver. Gaps in capacity and knowledge to enhance uptake of dairy technologies and innovations will be identified and addressed.

Program partners

The program closely collaborates with national research partners—Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) and the Tanzanian Dairy Board (TDB). It also works with local government authorities, various local and international NGOs and the private sector in smallholder dairy value chains. Various advanced research institutes have contributed to the program.


Amos Omore

ILRI country representative in Tanzania