With more than 180 million inhabitants, the annual demand for milk and other dairy products in Nigeria is estimated at around 1.3 billion tons, which represents a huge market for locally produced milk. Unfortunately, 60% of the dairy products consumed in the country are imported.
Improving the productivity of local dairy cows by introducing cross-breeding programs and improved feed and forage is part of the 2SCALE program’s key interventions in its dairy partnerships. Therefore, the 2SCALE partner FrieslandCampina Wamco in Nigeria intends to develop local production capacity and supply of fresh milk by investing in critical infrastructure and capacity building needs to create guaranteed market, empower and integrate local Fulani milk producers who are mostly women into this supply chain.
Fulani love and cherish their traditional nomadic system but considering climate change with its adverse effect on communal grazing, the system is threatened and most likely not sustainable anymore. 2SCALE consider gradual integration of smallholder dairy farming into Fulani communities as alternative business opportunity.