NLF project in Ethiopia 2027-2020: Enhancing Quality and Safety of Milk

This project aims to introduce the Natural Livestock Farming (NLF) 5-layered strategy for improved cattle health in Ethiopia through a pilot study which combines activities at field- and laboratory level.

The main objective of this project is to improve milk quantity and quality produced by smallholders in a sustainable manner through the Natural Livestock Farming Five (NLF) layer strategy. Moreover, herbal gardens will be developed to enable women to grow medicinal plants that can strengthen cattle health. This will result in:

  • Empowering women by providing additional income from dairy
  • Improving Ethiopian milk testing laboratory capacity
  • Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia
  • Increasing awareness on milk quality, including antimicrobial resistance and prudent antibiotic use.

Experimental design:

  • Two pilot communities, encompassing 30 households each
  • Establishing baseline animal health status & milk quality parameters
  • Interventions will be defined by participatory workshops preceeding the farm level trials
  • Capacity building of laboratory skills for milk quality at government quality control laboratories
  • In depth analysis (base-line and end-line) of milk quality combined with animal health monitoring will reveal the effects of the interventions and their contribution to their improvement of animal health and smallholder livelihood