With the global demand for milk set to overtake supply within a decade, the dairy industry is facing immense pressure. Through our Dairy Hub model, we help build sustainable value chains by training smallholder farmers and creating a link to our customers so they can source higher-quality milk.

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Nearly a billion people live on dairy farms, smallholdings or in households that keep a few dairy animals. Indeed, 339 million tonnes of milk are produced by smallholder farmers out of a total annual production of 819 million tonnes. The milk and dairy industry thus has significant potential to contribute to SDG8 by creating jobs and increasing incomes for all people along the value chain.

Our Dairy Hub model aims to secure a long-term supply of locally produced, quality milk, without raising the costs of collection in emerging economies. It does so by linking smallholder farmers to a dairy processor, with Tetra Pak offering the technology and ‘hands-on’ practical knowledge and training. This directly supports SDG target 8.2, which measures progress for SDG8 by the increase in levels of economic productivity through technological upgrading and innovation. We have seen around the world how this model increases locally produced milk supply and enhances the stability of dairy supply chains.​​

Stories from around the world

Kenya: Partnering to scale-up milk production​

Tetra Pak has joined efforts in a public-private development partnership to scale up dairy development in Kenya and meet the country’s growing demand for dairy products in a sustainable way. This initiative will improve livelihoods through increased dairy productivity, increased incomes, and increased participation of women in the dairy value chain.

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Honduras: Fighting malnutrition with milk in Honduras

The dairy sector in Honduras has the potential to boost childhood nutrition and improve farmer livelihoods. We are working with our customer Lacthosa and the Honduran government to revitalise the dairy sector by providing technical assistance and technology transfer to smallholder farmers.

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