We investigated several different intervention options proposed under a five-year dairy development programme in Ethiopia 

The proposed programme, the Ethiopia Dairy Development Activity (EDDA), aimed to facilitate the develop of a commercially sustainable Ethiopian dairy sector, inclusive of smallholder dairy farmers.

As part of these scoping investigations for the EDDA, done on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Prime carried out comprehensive market research on the Ethiopian dairy industry, working collaboratively with the country’s Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and other potential EDDA partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Interventions proposed by the EDDA included:

♦ Industry strategy development

♦ Establishment of a national dairy board

♦ Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

♦ Market development

♦ Milk quality improvement

♦ Institutional capacity building in relation to farm extension services

♦ Feed and fodder production

♦ Conservation

Scoping work for the EDDA was done in partnership with local subsidiaries of NIRAS, a Sweden-based international development company, and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

Prime also organised a study tour for Ethiopian dairy industry representatives to New Zealand.

Other past work in Ethiopia includes:

♦ Conducting an investment feasibility study for livestock industry investments in Ethiopia on behalf of a private client in 2019.