Milk Project Helps Improve Health and School Attendance of Zambian Children

Tetra Pak partnered with Parmalat Zambia, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the Zambian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development, and the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (Sida), to bring milk to 15 000 school children in 39 schools in Zambia’s Eastern Province.

Milk Project Helps Improve Health and School Attendance of Zambian Children

Tetra Pak and World Food Programme Zambia (WFP) jointly approached the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and proposed a school milk partnership in Zambia. Based on the TetraPak/WFP proposal, the Swedish Embassy in Zambia allocated USD 521,833 to co-finance the “Milk for Schools” pilot project in Eastern Province, Nyimba District.

WFP is implementing the milk programme as an integrated part of the recently launched and government led Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme, which is included in the Sixth National Development Plan as part of the government's social protection strategy. The HGSF aims to reach almost one million students in 2011. The one-year Milk for Schools pilot programme initially covered 15,000 students in grades 1-9 and has grown to cover 18,000 children due to increased enrolments. Two-three times every week students in 39 schools receive 250 ml of milk in TBA250 cartons, processed and packaged by Tetra Pak’s customer Parmalat Zambia.

The Milk for Schools pilot project aims to provide a market for the smallholder dairy sector, diversify the agricultural sector and create a demand for high quality locally produced milk. It is expected that this pilot project will not only lead to increased per capita milk consumption and economic growth along the value chain but also allow smallholder dairy farmers to improve their livelihoods and ability to invest further in milk production. All milk for the programme is sourced from Zambian small holder dairy farmers.

In addition, the Milk for Schools pilot project will help to increase school attendance and improve the health and academic results of school children, leading to general productivity improvements for the entire country.


  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 501-1000

    Swedish development cooperation is part of a global cooperation in which Sweden is one of many participants. In order to carry out its work, Sida cooperates with Swedish government agencies,...

  • World Food Programme (WFP)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP aims to bring food assistance to more than 80 million people in 75 countries....

  • Parmalat

    Goods Supplier
    Italy | Staff size: 251-500

    The Parmalat Group is a global player in the production and distribution of foods that are essential for everyday wellness: milk, dairy products (yogurt, cream based sauces, desserts and cheese)...

  • Tetra Pak

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Tetra Pak are specialists in complete solutions for the processing, packaging and distribution of food products. Our solutions are specifically designed to be as economical with resources as...

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Key Information

LocationZambia, Southern Africa
  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2012
  • ValueUSD 1.04 Million