Principal investigator (PI) and lead institution
Jean Baptiste Ndahetuye, University of Rwanda
Co-PI and collaborator institutions
Government of Rwanda initiatives such as Girinka have increased milk production from 185,000 tons in 2007 to 445,000 tons in 2013 and the annual milk production was projected to reach 650,000 tons by 2017. However, there are limitations in achieving the vision of high quality milk production. These include the lack of service providers and lack of research at different levels of the milk chain. Lack of research on dairy animal health and milk pre-and post-harvest best practices lead to significant qualitative and quantitative losses of milk. Lack of good quality milk hampers the efforts to fight malnutrition and can lead to public health hazards. The overall objective of the current project is to develop best practices that enhance dairy cow’s health and milk quality in the Rwandan dairy chain. Specific objectives include the following:
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