Milk is playing a crucial role in Africa to battle famine, hunger and poverty. Over a billion people in developing countries are dependent on animals for their food and their income, while 85 percent of livestock keepers are consuming the milk of their own animals.
Sub-Saharan Africa has a major problem in this respect, with cows only yielding 2 to 3 litres of milk per day, compared to 20 or 30 litres for Belgian cows. In the dry season, this is often only 1 litre, due to a lack of water, feeding and proper health care.
Various organisations and NGO's highlight the importance of milk and the problems and challenges farmers are facing in modern times. They want a fair and sound milk production in a way that would benefit farmers, the environment and consumers alike.