Enhancing the resilience of smallholder farmers in North and West Africa through upgrading of women-managed milk value chains

The purpose of this project is to support the development of resilient goat and cow milk value chains in Morocco and Senegal respectively. The two value chains are of central importance to women and offer great potential to improve livelihoods through greater income and improved food and nutritional security. But these value chains also present technical and development challenges in the context of climate change, soil degradation, rural isolation, and out-migration. The project will use innovative technologies to help stimulate, grow, stabilize, and promote local food systems that generate additional income, especially for women, and enhance the resilience of smallholder farmers.

A participatory process will be used to design and implement a farmer-centered incubator approach to test identified priority interventions with the potential for transformational change across the milk value chain. The project will result in fully mapped value chains in each case study region, a portfolio of upgrading opportunities, increased role and agency of women, the development of business models, and the formulation of a scaling-up strategy to support the widespread adoption of these models.

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24 months

IDRC Officer

Marwan Owaygen

Total funding

CA$ 936,700


Morocco, Senegal


Agriculture and Food Security, Climate-Resilient Food Systems

Project Leader

Thomas Oberthur


African Plant Nutrition Institute

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Project Leader

Mamadou Fall


Innovations, Environnement et Développement en Afrique

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