Milky Way Partnership Nigeria – market driven sustainable growth in the dairy value chain

The project is a partnership between Arla, SEGES, Danish Agriculture and Food Council, CARE and CORET to support job creation and market driven sustainable growth in the dairy value chain in Nigeria. The objective is to establish a well-functioning dairy value chain in Nigeria. The project will achieve this objective through training and capability building, so farmers produce more and better-quality milk; dairies produce more and better products; market for local dairy products is developed; and collaboration among key stakeholders in the dairy value chain is improved. By creating a stronger commercial link to the formal market, the goal is that the beneficiaries – farm clusters related to MILCOPAL and Godilogo Farms – will be long-term partners of Arla and locally produced dairy products will be part of an Arla Nigeria brand. The project model is open-ended and scalable, so involvement of more beneficiaries in the project is an option. 

Training and education of local farmers have been essential elements in the Milky Way project in Nigeria from the onset of the project. The approach of the partnership has been to hold training sessions on areas such as milk and milking hygiene, herd health, cooperatives formation and management, and dairy business management. The participation rate among women is especially worth highlighting as they constitute the majority of participants. In 2019, the partners in the project carried out a workshop specifically focused on gender to inform women on their rights and as of 2021, E-wallet accounts had been opened for women enrolled in the project. These activities have all contributed to improved female involvement in the dairy value chain in Nigeria

Administrative Partner Danish Agriculture and Food Council, SEGES
Key Commercial Partner Arla
Other Partners Arla SSA, CARE Denmark, CORET (Confederation of Traditional Stock Breeders Organisations), Milk Value Chain Foundation
Country Nigeria
Sector Agriculture & agro-processing
Open / Closed Closed
Duration July 2017 - July 2023
Approval Year 2016