Sustainable camel milk production through improved husbandry practices and milk value chain (SusCaMi)

Duration: 2024 - 2027

Funding: BMEL

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Camels are indispensable for the livelihoods and survival of pastoral communities in arid environments because they are resilient to increasing drought episodes under climate change. They produce milk year-round and sustain pastoralists’ livelihoods and income security under enormous environmental stressors and disease challenges. Although milk is a primary source of food, especially for infants and young children, the camel milk supply chain in Ethiopia remains informal. This project is thus intended to investigate constraining factors of camel milk production and the whole milk value chain. Knowledge gaps in camel husbandry practices, especially feeding and calf management and animal health care, as well as milk handling and storage along the value chain will be identified. Feasible intervention measures to improve management practices and the camel milk value chain will be elaborated and implemented with local communities and other local stakeholders and their impacts on milk production, camel health and milk hygiene will be assessed.