The estimate of total cow milk production for the rural sedentary areas of Ethiopia during the past year, is about 3.80 billion liters. However, milk and milk product consumption in Ethiopia is much below the standard set by the World Health Organization.
AGP-LMD assists dairy producer groups, milk collectors, processors and other supporting businesses to increase milk production at the farm level, improve collection and logistics, and strengthen processing capacity and efficiency. In addition, AGP-LMD stimulates demand, to spark growth in volume and efficiency across the value chain.
One of the initiatives of the AGP-LMD project aimed at promoting dairy consumption is the School Milk Day event. During the events, students serve milk and milk products free of charge; discussion are held on nutritional and health benefits of dairy products. Such events create lucrative market opportunities to producers and processors.