SMALL FARMERS GET OPPORTUNITIES TO INVEST IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IN ETHIOPIA. IT CAN GENERATE THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS. THIS BRANCH CAN ALSO CONTRIBUTE GREATLY TO FOOD SECURITY. PERSPACTIVE HAS A PLAN TO LET SMALL FARMERS, INCLUDING MANY WOMEN, INVEST IN THEIR FUTURE.
With the farmers project, PerspActive expects to create 20,000 new jobs in three years. The cooperation not only sees room for new jobs in the farming industry, but also in the rest of the dairy chain. For instance in transport, processing, brokering and sales.
Limited investments can greatly increase the income of small farmers. Right now the average cow produces no more than two liters of milk a day. Most farmers have 5 cows at the most. Investments make it possible to increase production to six liters per cow. Some extra financial room helps farmers get better cattle feed, stables and participation in a program for artificial insemination. It gives farmers stronger, more productive cows.
The PerspActive consortium in Ethiopia offers various financial products to small farmers, including various forms of microcredit. With these funding opportunities, the organizations mainly focus on women. They often lag behind in development, even though in Ethiopia they are often responsible for the cattle. The price farmers receive for their milk in Ethiopia is relatively high, about €0.50 per liter. Due to the economic growth, the expectation is that the demand within the country will go up in the coming years. Small farmers are responsible for 95% of the milk production.