Government Policy

The Eritrean Government has, in recent years, begun to focus its agriculture strategy on the livestock sector and, in particular, on seeking to address the factors constraining the dairy sector from achieving its potential. A key thrust of the strategy is to formalize the dairy value chain and, considering its health benefits, increase national consumption of processed milk instead of the raw milk currently being consumed. It also seeks to improve value addition, based on the use of the anticipated increases in milk production.

National policy also seeks to increase the number of improved breeding cows and further improve their productivity. Policy has also focused on developing the knowledge and production capacity of smallholder farmers through the transformation of traditional production systems using modern technologies, including newly-constructed irrigation dams.

Project Scope | Climate Smart Dairy Eritrea


Project Scope | Climate Smart Dairy Eritrea


Project Scope | Climate Smart Dairy Eritrea


Project Scope | Climate Smart Dairy Eritrea

Project Scope | Climate Smart Dairy Eritrea
Climate-Relevant Transformation of the Eritrean Dairy Value Chain


Project Outcomes

01 Improved capacity of dairy VC actors to participate in improved gender-sensitive and environmentally sustainable VC development models in project areas – referred to as capacity development

02Increased access to knowledge by dairy VC actors in project areas on improved gender-sensitive and environmentally sustainable VC development models, referred to as knowledge management

03Increased access to project-generated gender-sensitive and environmentally sustainable results and lessons learned by VC actors outside the project area – referred to as promotion/scaling out/documentation and monitoring

04Increased access to improved gender-sensitive and environmentally sustainable VC interventions by dairy VC actors in the project areas – referred to as value chain development.



  • Climate Smart Dairy Farming

    Improved climate smart dairy farming production and productivity leading to enhanced supply of quality milk for processing into added- value products.

  • Increased Knowledge Uptake

    Increased uptake of knowledge and adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices by dairy farmers and other dairy value chain actors in project areas.

  • Enhanced Capacity of State Institutions

    Enhanced capacity and delivery by institutional actors of CSA interventions and knowledge along the dairy value chain.

  • Wider Access to Knowledge

    Increased access to documented project-generated results, knowledge and interventions by value chain actors and others outside the project areas.

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Project Overview

The CSARIDE project will promote market-led agricultural development, building on the experience of the Irish partners who have been working on a pilot dairy project in Zoba Debub over the past eight years. The pilot project will be fully absorbed into CSARIDE with the overall objective of promoting inclusive, sustainable and climate-relevant transformation of the Eritrean dairy value chain to enhance food and nutrition security, reduce poverty, create job opportunities for young people, and promote resilience to climate change while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.

The project will target the following dairy value chain actors and the key public sector support agencies:

  • resource-poor livestock farmers
  • private and cooperative input and output market agents and service suppliers, including milk collection and processing entities and dairy farmers’ associations, as well as AI and veterinary services
  • small-scale entrepreneurs (e.g. Eritrea Women in Agri-Business Association)
  • public-sector bodies including the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), Hamelmalo Agricultural College (HAC), MoA, and regional governments (Zobas)

Project Scope | Climate Smart Dairy Eritrea

CSARIDE will focus on the entire dairy value chain from farm to market in three Zobas, namely Debub, Maekel and Anseba. (These are the main dairying areas in the country). The project will build on and complement ongoing Ministry actions in those areas as well as linking in with existing and proposed internationally-funded development projects in Eritrea. We will work closely with the EU Delegation in Eritrea, with IFAD, FAO and ILRI.

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