TetraLaval: Supporting the Dairy Sector in Bangladesh

Nutrition context / project objective

48% of Bangladeshi children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, leading to stunted growth. 30% of the population is below the minimum level of dietary energy consumption and rising food prices have complicated the alleviation of malnutrition.

Tetra Pak has worked with a range of development partners and businesses to increase milk consumption in Bangladesh. UHT milk contains 14 of 18 vital vitamins and minerals, requires no preservatives and can remain fresh for several months without refrigeration.

Project scope and partner roles

Tetra Pak’s Dairy Hub model builds on the “One Herd” concept and connects small holder farmers with a dedicated dairy processor. The Dairy Hub typically covers 15-20 villages, with up to 1000 small holder farmers and up to 10,000 cows. The dairy processor sets up milk collection stations with cooling tanks where the farmers can deliver their milk twice a day. Farmers are trained in feeding practices and animal health, and are able to secure quality feed at cost prices.

Tetra Pak has partnered with sister company DeLaval to leverage their expertise in milk production and collection, to strengthen the entire dairy value chain from cow to consumer, and with PRAN RFL Group to build up the Dairy Hub concept and to educate commercial distributors and consumers (Mothers of School Going Children) on the nutritional benefits of UHT through events conducted at school and through word of mouth campaigns. The Bangladesh government has also played an important role by ensuring a supportive policy for the dairy industry and nutrition policies.

Impact

Through the two Dairy Hubs in operation, 3108 small holder farmers have benefitted from improved incomes. A study of the Chatmohar Dairy Hub showed that milk yields increased by 39% and farmer incomes grew by 33% after 15 months. The goal is to engage 7,500 small holder farmers through five Dairy Hubs by 2016.

TetraLaval: Supporting the Dairy Sector in Bangladesh

Nutrition context / project objective

48% of Bangladeshi children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, leading to stunted growth. 30% of the population is below the minimum level of dietary energy consumption and rising food prices have complicated the alleviation of malnutrition.

Tetra Pak has worked with a range of development partners and businesses to increase milk consumption in Bangladesh. UHT milk contains 14 of 18 vital vitamins and minerals, requires no preservatives and can remain fresh for several months without refrigeration.

Project scope and partner roles

Tetra Pak’s Dairy Hub model builds on the “One Herd” concept and connects small holder farmers with a dedicated dairy processor. The Dairy Hub typically covers 15-20 villages, with up to 1000 small holder farmers and up to 10,000 cows. The dairy processor sets up milk collection stations with cooling tanks where the farmers can deliver their milk twice a day. Farmers are trained in feeding practices and animal health, and are able to secure quality feed at cost prices.

Tetra Pak has partnered with sister company DeLaval to leverage their expertise in milk production and collection, to strengthen the entire dairy value chain from cow to consumer, and with PRAN RFL Group to build up the Dairy Hub concept and to educate commercial distributors and consumers (Mothers of School Going Children) on the nutritional benefits of UHT through events conducted at school and through word of mouth campaigns. The Bangladesh government has also played an important role by ensuring a supportive policy for the dairy industry and nutrition policies.

Impact

Through the two Dairy Hubs in operation, 3108 small holder farmers have benefitted from improved incomes. A study of the Chatmohar Dairy Hub showed that milk yields increased by 39% and farmer incomes grew by 33% after 15 months. The goal is to engage 7,500 small holder farmers through five Dairy Hubs by 2016.

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