Milk production pays off – Experiences of a DPPP approach in Northern Sri Lanka
In 2013, an international packaging company and a local retailer enterprise set up a project in Sri Lanka called “develoPPP initiative” (development partnerships with the private sector). The project aims at an increased quality and quantity of milk production and medium-term coverage of the regional demand, with a special focus on involving women and creating jobs for young people along the dairy value chain. Within a couple of months, the monthly collected amount of milk has increased from 3,100 litres to 35,610 litres, and the number of participating farmers has increased tenfold. The following three pillars are crucial to its success: 1) Setting up a dairy hub; 2) Constant training and advisory services; and 3) The establishment of rural milk producer groups. If you would like to learn more on improved food security through dairy, also read about this example from Zambia.