Malawi Smallholder Dairy Development Project

The program objective is to increase income levels of smallholder farmers by promoting their transition into dairy farming, increase knowledge and adoption of appropriate systems that support dairy production, and increase market access for smallholder dairy farmers.

Malawi Smallholder Dairy Development Project

The Malawi Smallholder Dairy Development Project (MSDD) is the first phase project that is jointly funded by USAID and Heifer International. The project has assisted 130 households with high-grade dairy heifers and sustainable agriculture production technologies. A total of ninety (90) original households received assets in the form of livestock and farm inputs. These assets were accompanied by skills transferred in the form of training and exchange visits. From these families, 40 additional families have since benefited through Passing on the Gift (POG), Heifer’s core instrument for impact replication, relying primarily on the multiplication of animals.

In line with Heifer’s new operating principles of reaching critical mass within the areas where it operates, MSDD Phase II will reach 1, 550 households (1,000 original; 550 pass-on) in the same district with integrated interventions that will enable the community achieve sustainable livelihoods.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Heifer International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    Heifer International is a global nonprofit with a proven solution to ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Heifer helps empower millions of families to lift them out of poverty and...

  • Small Scale Livestock and Livelihoods Program (SSLLP)

    Implementing NGO
    Malawi | Staff size: 6-25

    SSLLP Malawi is a local non-government organization that provides poor families with the means to combat their poverty in a sustainable and long-term manner. It does this by providing them with...

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Key Information

LocationMalawi, Southern Africa
  • Start Date 2009
  • End Date 2012
  • ValueUSD 699 Thousand