Involvement of resident population and refugees in dairy development

Project Overview



Project name

ILO Dairy

Project status


Duration of the project






USD 300’000

Financed by
Dutch government (PROSPECTS Partnership)


Project area




Despite efforts by the Ethiopian government and its development partners, the lives and livelihoods of people in Ethiopia’s Somali Region are at risk from various natural and man-made shocks. Several factors undermine the food and income security of the population. The region is also one of the largest refugee areas in the country, largely due to conflict and recurrent droughts in Somalia.

As displacement becomes increasingly protracted and return therefore impossible, measures must be taken that focus on durable solutions. Through humane, inclusive and comprehensive programs for refugees/IDPs and their host communities, self-reliance can be enhanced, self-determination promoted and social cohesion strengthened.

The dairy value chain is one of the potential areas for sustainable enterprise development in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, which has enormous livestock resources. It is an important sector that women and young people between the ages of 15-29, from the resident population as well as refugee youth and women can effectively engage in and earn a living.

The goal

The project targets the entire value chain of milk production. Thus, along the value chain, capacities are to be built in the target communities and market access is to be created. This is complemented by interventions to help strengthen demand for local dairy products.

Specific objectives are as follows:

  1. The target groups have improved capacities to produce, process and market high-quality dairy products.
  2. Target groups have improved their entrepreneurship, financial literacy, access to finance, and connectivity to providers of inputs and services for dairy production and processing is.
  3. Improving the business environment for the dairy value chain between target groups through public-private dialogue.


VSF-Suisse has been active in Ethiopia for years, working along livestock value chains that help improve incomes and enhance food security. For this project, VSF-Suisse is using the Inclusive Market Systems (AIMS) approach. This approach seeks to actively support both the supply side and the demand side.

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