On 6-7 August 2012, the ILRI-led project called ‘More Milk in Tanzania: Adapting dairy market hubs for pro-poor smallholder value chains in Tanzania’ (More Milk IT) held an outcome mapping workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop brought together project collaborators, consultants and potential key stakeholders.
The aim was to create a vision for both the research and the pilot phases of the project and to discuss how to plan the project’s communications, implementation and monitoring and evaluation work.
Participants reviewed the project objectives and the lessons learned carrying out the project so far this year. Potential options for piloting during the research and development phase was a topic that generated lively and insightful discussions. A significant amount of time was spent defining options for dairy market hubs that would fulfill project objectives. Different options were recommended for extensive/pre-commercial (rural-to-rural) producers and intensive/more commercial (rural-to-urban) producers.
Three options for hub arrangements were considered under the following categories: a) hubs revolving around chilling plants or just accessing them (if under-utilized) through transport arrangements that provide both outputs marketing and inputs and services through check-offs; b) hubs revolving around check-offs for inputs and services provided through milk traders (a similar one is being piloted in Uganda under the East African Dairy Development project); and c) hubs revolving around check-offs for inputs and services provided through cattle traders. Detailed discussions on elaborating what the latter two might look like were held because of the strong focus on pre-commercial (rural-to-rural) producers.
Demographics in Tanzania indicate rural livestock ownership by 1.7 million households is dominated by cattle keepers. Hubs in categories a) and b) were considered appropriate for those with surplus milk beyond volumes that neighbours can absorb (about 6% of households). Hubs revolving around check-offs for inputs and services through cattle traders were considered appropriate for the majority, who currently sell milk to neighbours (about 20%) or those who do not engage in milk markets currently or only rarely (about 74%). Producers, mainly agro-pastoralists, would be organized to access inputs and services on check-off provided through cattle traders, and costs incurred deducted when a sale to a cattle trader happens. This was prompted by the thriving sales of vet drugs around cattle markets. The option, if feasible, could respond to the desire by project investors that the project addresses the needs of pastoralists. Desired changes and specific interventions to monitor when piloting these options by the value chain actors were outlined as basis for M&E and impact assessment.
Participants were drawn from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Ministry of Livestock Development, Tanzania Livestock Research Institute, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Heifer Project International-Tanzania, Tanzania Dairy Board, Irish Aid, consultants engaged in various dairy sector reviews, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (the MilkIT Feeds Innovation Project) and ILRI. The workshop was facilitated by Julius Nyangaga, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Nairobi.
For more information about the workshop and this project contact Amos Omore (A.Omore(at)cgiar.org)