A pilot study of the data demands of different stakeholders for the future Ethiopian dairy sector [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]

Brian Perry, Yacob Aklilu, Solomon Hailemariam, Getachew Legese, Karen Smyth, Andrew Peters, Fiona Allan, Azage Tegegne

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Abstract

Background: This paper describes a pilot study undertaken in 2018, to determine the key data needs of each of the different Ethiopian dairy sector stakeholder groups. The study aimed to characterise the emerging trends of dairy product production, processing, retailing and consumption in Ethiopia, and to identify and characterise current and future data needs of different stakeholders.
Methods: The study undertook a mapping of the interactions between different stakeholders in the dairy sector, and an interactive evaluation of the institutional data repository and access options.
Focus group discussions and interviews were held in three regions of the country prior to a two-day workshop in the capital Addis Ababa.
Data needs were characterised by type, availability, format, level of detail, methods of dissemination, uptake and use, and the institutional arrangement, including the different roles of public and private sectors in decision making processes.
Results: The study highlighted the main data needs and identified several broader institutional issues constraining the further development of the Ethiopian dairy sector. The stakeholder groups endorsed the reactivation of a national dairy board, independent of government but closely incorporating government, and with the buyin and membership of private sector enterprises, including producers, processers, service providers and consumers, to provide clearer
facilitative leadership on the dairy industry.
Conclusions: The study workshop provided a timely discussion
Original languageEnglish
JournalGates Open Research
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Ethiopia
  • dairy sector
  • stakeholders
  • data needs
  • development

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