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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ILRI research report: Efficiency of urban dairy markets in Ghana and Tanzania

ILRI Markets theme has this month (September 2009) published a research report that highlights the results of a study carried out in Ghana and Tanzania to determine which mechanisms for urban dairy markets work best in those countries.

The study was one of the first research projects to systematically address economic and public health issues in traditional milk markets in Africa. The results show that important opportunities for livelihoods continue to be created in such markets, which are dominated by small-scale market agents.

The authors recommend that policy efforts be harnessed towards bridging the gap between formal and informal dairy markets, and reducing milk-borne public health risks by training and licensing of informal milk market agents.

The report was written by ILRI Markets researchers Amos Omore, Steve Staal and Francis Wanyoike, together with partners from Ghana's Animal Research Institute and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania and the National Resources Institute, UK.

Access the report

Omore A, Staal SJ, Wanyoike F, Osafo ELK, Kurwijila L, Barton D, Mdoe N, Nurah G and Aning G. 2009. Market mechanisms and efficiency in urban dairy products markets in Ghana and Tanzania. ILRI Research Report 19. ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute), Nairobi, Kenya. 56pp.