USAID Dairy Project

The Dairy Project seeks to boost the incomes of small dairy in Punjab by offering training in best practices in dairy farming. It further promotes linkages between small dairy farmers and suppliers, service providers (including financial service providers), and higher-end markets.

USAID Dairy Project

Although Pakistan is the third largest milk-producing country in the world, dairy farming practices are old and in need of an overhaul. The dairy sector operates mostly in the informal economy and nearly 97 per cent of the milk comes from smallholder dairy producers, with only two to three animals. The average milk yield per animal in Pakistan is very low. However, the overall contribution of the livestock sector to the national GDP is approximately 11 percent, making it the most significant agriculture subsector for the national economy, with great potential for growth and poverty alleviation.

USAID-DRDF Dairy Project is designed to foster sustainable increase in best dairy practices, breed improvement; availability of timely extension services and promotion of the livestock business in rural communities in the project’s targeted areas (mainly South Punjab). This has brought noticeable socio-economic change in the lives of project-trained men and women, impacting at least 16,000 rural households, yielding increased animal productivity, higher incomes and better livelihood.


  • 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...

  • Nestlé

    Service Providers
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    As the leading nutrition, health and wellness company, we are committed to enhancing people’s lives, everywhere, every day. We strive to make our brands tastier and healthier choices that...

  • Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF)

    Implementing NGO
    Pakistan | Staff size: 51-100

    Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) was established in 1996 by interested cattle breeder, extension workers and the milk industry. DRDF is a charitable, non-political and...

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Key Information

LocationPakistan, South Asia
  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 26.1 Million