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Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN), is a five year program that will catalyse a vibrant local dairy sector in an inclusive way that improves the livelihoods, productivity, nutrition, and empowerment of smallholder women dairy farmers and the communities in which they live. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ALDDN will reach 210,000 beneficiaries in Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, and Plateau states. ALDDN is implemented in partnership with private sector companies with the support of the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Women Affairs & Social Development, and the Governments of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, and Plateau States.

The dairy processor partners are Arla Global Dairy Products Limited, Integrated Dairies Limited, L&Z Integrated Farms Limited, Majestik Dairy Products Limited, Saj Foods Limited, and Sebore Farms Limited, while TechnoServe and Agridrive Limited are implementing partners on the ALDDN program.

  • Advocate for an enabling environment for local sourcing through engagements with the government and relevant private sector stakeholders.
  • Increase demand for locally sourced milk through partnerships with dairy processors currently or interested in sourcing locally.
  • Improve smallholder dairy farmers’ productivity by increasing their access to technical support services and right inputs.
  • Empower women dairy farmers and enable them to improve their livelihoods and that of their households.
  • Improve nutrition outcomes among smallholder dairy households through food systems entry points.

Farmers’ Organization

ALDDN through extension agents (EAs) seconded by the state governments and hired private extension agents, will support the processors in new farmer’s identification and integration activities in geographic locations the processors are interested in establishing collection infrastructure and sourcing from Integrated farmers will be registered on an electronic portal as part of the M&E system to enable tracking of key data at the household level. The program will help integrated farmers, with a key focus on the women, to be better organized, trained and equipped to control and manage their dairy business. Key elements include sensitizing dairy communities and building awareness around the benefits of active participation in the groups and cooperatives; increasing women’s participation in existing associations where relevant, based on cultural norms; working with the dairy farmers to set up, register and operationalize new associations (including women only ones) where relevant; and building the farmers’ capacity, particularly that of women to effectively operate and take on leadership roles within these associations.

Infrastructure Development

ALDDN will improve farmers’ access to clean water by constructing solar powered boreholes in targeted dairy communities. This will ensure that dairy households and indigenous populations in the communities they live in have clean water for both human and animal consumption and to improve milk hygiene. The program may combine a borehole and a retail kiosk selling clean water and household products, managed by a local female entrepreneur or SHGs. The vision is to facilitate access to clean water under a sustainable business model that covers the cost of building boreholes and maintaining them beyond the life of the project. In addition, the program will provide stainless steel milk cans for distribution to dairy farmers through the Milk Processors to improve milk hygiene during transportation to the collection centers. Participating Dairy processors will invest in establishing milking parlors, collection centers and/or points, milk evacuation vehicles, and new equipment and/or production lines to enable them to collect and process raw milk from more farmers.

Productivity Improvement

ALDDN aims to increase the milk yield of 75,000 cows from 15,000 dairy households by at least 30% resulting in the production of about 190,000 liters of milk per day at the end of the program. The program will increase dairy farmers’ access to quality feed & fodder for their cows, through the development of a network of farmers with access to land to establish sustainable and thriving fodder production businesses. It will also improve farmers’ access to veterinarians, drugs, and vaccines, building the capacity of and connecting qualified animal health providers to participating farmers through the processors and the cooperatives for annual vaccine campaigns and similar services. In other to progressively improve the genetic stock for improved milk yield, ALDDN will also build the capacity of Artificial Insemination (AI) technicians to inseminate 8,000 cows and provide AI services to farmers.

Financial Inclusion & Income Diversification Support

Women dairy farmers are the main target of this intervention which includes partnering with financial institutions and other programs to provide dairy farmers with more and easier access to services such as savings accounts, micro credit, Islamic banking, mobile banking, group savings etc. It also entails enabling participating women dairy farmers to diversify their income potential outside of dairy enterprise. Specific activities in scope include vocational training with market potential to enable farmers learn new trades; introducing dairy farmers to nutritious crops to cultivate for sale to diversify their income and diets, providing farmers with training to enhance their business skills; fostering communal ownership of productive assets such as dairy equipment to improve milk production and joint investments in new business ventures to increase their income; and facilitating engagement with microfinance institutions to encourage individual and group savings and establish low risk lending programs.

Training and Extension, Advocacy and Behavior Change

ALDDN will provide training on good dairy practices, nutrition education, hygiene education and behavior change. The training will be disseminated through extension agents, including female agents to increase the participation of women dairy farmers. Sahel will also partner with radio stations to develop and air relevant programs in local languages. In addition, Sahel will leverage technology to provide mobile extension services e.g., via Interactive Voice Response (IVR). The program will develop and disseminate gender integration materials to participating dairy households through various channels; sensitize and educate community leaders and men on the benefits of women empowerment; advocate for the active involvement and buy-in from men towards women’s participation and increase leadership across all interventions; explore opportunities to organize gender-themed campaigns to encourage behavioral change; and assess and measure the impact of the training received on behavior change.

Policy Advocacy to Support a Thriving Dairy Sector

The program will work with the government and the processors to support an enabling environment for local sourcing of raw milk. It will commission robust analyses of existing policies and policy reform opportunities on the diary enterprise value chain including prevailing regimes of import tariffs and levies; support convenings with the government and relevant stakeholders such as the National Commercial Dairy Farmers Association (CODARAN), and leading dairy processors, in order to discuss and recommend a dairy development strategy and related policy options. In addition, the program will provide technical and advisory support to strengthen dairy industry associations to enable them to effective advocate for an enabling environment for the industry.

ALDDN will work with partnering dairy processors to deliver various combinations of these interventions based on each processor’s needs, level of interest and commitment.