• Introduction of a National Cluster for the Revitalization of the Local Milk Sector in Benin (ICN-Lait)

    • Durée36 months
    • Pays MembresBenin
    • Liens externes du projet
    • Partenaires FinanciersCEDEAO - DDC
    • Partenaire TechniquesClusters lait des MPME et des Organisations Paysannes
    • BudgetUS$ 275,023
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The departments of Alibori and Borgou alone account for almost 70% of Benin's cattle population. However, despite its significant livestock potential, this area is among those with the highest poverty rates in Benin. The birth of Benin's national dairy cluster came from the need to aggregate or mobilize direct and indirect stakeholders in these selected municipalities, around dairy value chains to conquer and market dairy products of animal and plant origin, as part of a business model.

This project covers all value chains in the milk industry, both animal and plant-based, with priority given to animal-based dairy products. Indeed, the success of this national cluster project for the revitalization of the local organic milk value chain will make it possible to structure collection, processing and distribution activities into clusters in order to make these links in the value chain dynamic, and to easily meet the needs of the various players in the cluster links. The project aims to draw up growth plans for the clusters and for the national macro-cluster, in order to acquire specific equipment, meet economic and financial targets and attract the attention of investors. For the full success and sustainability of this intervention, actions are planned for the promotion and development of livestock in collaboration with the state project PRODEFILAV-PEL and soybean production. These actions aim to facilitate access to protein fodder, artificial insemination of high-performance animals, quality veterinary care and agricultural inputs for soybean production, as well as effective access for all partners benefiting from this project to credit from Benin's microfinance institutions (MFIs), and to take out insurance policies.

To improve the productivity and profitability of the local milk sector in a sustainable and climate-smart manner in Benin, while structuring the players in the sector and increasing market share in relation to the sub-region.

Specific objectives

To improve access to organic quality inputs
To improve access to equipment and infrastructure for the production and distribution of organic dairy products
To structure local plant and animal milk chain stakeholders from the grassroots up to the national level and building the capacities of the local milk chain stakeholders concerned with a capitalization system and facilitating their access to advisory support services
To facilitate access to certification and labeling for our dairy products in order to increase market share at national, regional and international levels and attract the attention of investors and banks
To raise people's awareness of nutrition
To set up a project coordination, control and monitoring team to ensure proper management of the project and implementation of the ESMP and climate safeguards
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The project's implementation will be based on a participatory and inclusive approach that aims to involve all the players concerned: all the members of all the clusters, the entire FORLAJ GROUP team, government departments, professional organizations in the sub-sector and some MFIs
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This approach will be pursued during project implementation and during ECOWAS supervision missions

Results 1

  • Increased access to quality production factors, increased access to land, to the ESMP and to inputs

Results 2

  • Increased access to factors of production -equipment and infrastructure for adding value to production and distributing organic dairy products with solar equipment

Results 3

  • The local plant and animal dairy industry is highly structured and organized into clusters, from the grassroots to the national levell

Results 4

  • Capacities of the dairy industry players and clusters concerned have been significantly built and digitized, with increased access to advisory support services and digitalization

Results 5

  • Dairy products are certified and labeled, new national and international markets have been won and many financial and microfinance institutions have shown interest in financing our clusters

Results 6

  • Project's beneficiaries are highly aware of the importance of nutrition

Results 7

  • The project is very well coordinated, and the ESMPs and climate safeguards have been effectively implemented