The milkIT (enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation) project aimed to contribute to improved dairy-derived livelihoods in India and Tanzania via intensification of smallholder production focusing on enhancement of feeds and feeding using innovation and value chain approaches.
Financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the project was organized around three sets of interventions:
- Diagnostic activities designed to help target interventions to real issues and constraints at community level
- Delivery of solutions – technical as well as institutional, to address challenges and needs
- Preparing for scale – engaging with other institutions, building partnerships and promoting wider uptake of the solutions and the approaches employed in the project
. . . all devised and delivered through innovation platforms at different scales.
Addressing the project’s hypothesis that improvements in milk markets would lead to increased productivity, project experiences showed that there are merits to approaches that link farmers to markets (using market ‘pull’ to drive productivity increases) and approaches where farmers focus on increases in milk productivity which will attract the market to them.
This video explains the different approaches used in the milkIT project: