This report by Asfaw Negassa formerly with ILRI now with IFPRI on Improving smallholder farmers’; marketed supply and market access for dairy products in Arsi Zone, Ethiopia was released on 8 October, 2009.
Presents study carried out on improving smallholder farmers’; marketed supply and market access for dairy products in Arsi Zone, Ethiopia. The main obective of this study was to provide a comprehensive review documenting dairy supply and demand and the role of collective action in Arsi Zone/Ethiopia. The specific objectives were to assess current and prospective demand for milk and milk products in Asella (the zonal headquarters) and Adama; to assess the current milk production, consumption and marketing behaviour of farmers in selected woredas taking both participants and non-participants in farmer milk cooperatives in order to asses current and prospective supply of milk; and to assess the role of collective action, e.g. farmer groups and other possible forms in overcoming problems of remunerative marketing and market access by smallholder milk producers, with a particular focus on the role and implications of gender.