To contribute to the sustainability of the small, traditional dairy farming model in Algeria, H’lib Dzair provides farmers with technical expertise as well as individual audits and advice, enabling them to become more competitive and to reduce their ecological footprint.
Last update of this page: 2023.07.27
85% of Algerian dairy producers are smallholder farmers, and accompanying them is central to an autonomous and resilient food system in Algeria.
Due to a scarcity of fresh milk production, Algeria heavily relies on imported milk powder as ~40% of its population's milk consumption is not covered by local production. To improve its food security, the Algerian Government has recently taken steps to prioritize the development of domestic dairy production and decrease its reliance on imported milk powder.
Yet, the Algerian dairy sector faces several challenges:
Back in 2014, Danone Ecosystem co-created with Danone-Djurdjura Algeria and GIZ International the H’lib Dzair project.
The project provides to Algerian smallholder farmers a comprehensive support through 3 pillars at farm level: Training, mentoring and finance.
At finance level trials were conducted on how to reduce feed costs. The project also helped smallholder farmers to get access to credit advances on government subsidies. Finally, farmers are able to explore new streams of income.
H’lib Dzair also develops the Algerian small dairy sector by working with actors across the entire farm ecosystem to support smallholder farmers activities at distribution level through the creation – among other things - of 20 Milk Collection Centers.
To date, the project has enabled 1400+ Algerian dairy farmers and has had several positive impacts on the whole ecosystem:
Environmental: Reduced the carbon footprint of milk by 5% from 2.80 to 2.63kg CO2 eq./kg FPCM (2020-2021)
The H’lib Dzair project has supported rural development in Algeria and strengthened local dairy value chains, leading Danone Algeria to be less dependent on imported milk and making the Algerian dairy sector more resilient.
technicians and farmers trained
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