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Tanzania School Milk

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Heifer in Tanzania

Up to now, our work focus has been on increasing milk production for smallholder farmers. Now, we are broadening that focus to create viable markets for producers to process raw milk and package it for schoolchildren. The creation of a school milk feeding program will encourage a generation of milk-drinkers and increase the well-being and nutrition of eager students.

  • Heifer in Tanzania since 1974
  • Scope: 32,770 school children, ages 10 and younger, in 94 schools across the Njombe, Mbeya and Iringa districts
  • Participants benefit from improved nutrition from the incorporation of a balanced diet supplemented by milk
  • Dairy producers benefit from the creation of a value chain that enables them to provide milk for schools

Join the Milk Moo-vement in Tanzania

The good news is, there’s plenty of nutritious milk to go around. Thanks to Heifer’s work in the region since 2008, the demand for milk has risen at a rate of 7 percent per year.

The Challenge

The challenge is getting pasteurized milk to children who suffer from a lack of proper nutrition in their diet at home. Most aren’t getting a meal at school either; few schools in Tanzania serve meals during the day. This means the children are going through their entire school day malnourished or underfed, which affects their ability to learn.

Heifer's Solution

We’re working with local producers, government agencies, and school districts to create school milk feeding programs to serve the students. The aim of the program is to create and expand a reliable market to deliver milk to kids who need it.

School milk feeding programs, like the one we’re building in Tanzania, play a crucial role in developing good nutritional habits for kids. Heifer has seen time and again how milk positively affects children’s health, enabling them to focus on learning, perform better in school, and be more energetic and alert. In addition, since all the milk is locally produced, we’re helping smallholder farmers earn income to support their families.

From the Cow to the Classroom

  1. A local farmer receives a Heifer cow thanks to a gift from Heifer donors like you, or from another farm family through Passing on the Gift®.
  2. That Heifer cow produces milk, that can be processed and stored safely until it can be sold to a market.
  3. Now that milk can go to a school feeding program so that students can get nutrition for the energy to learn and play!

We know that when school milk feeding programs are given the right kind of support, we see both short-term and long-term benefits, such as:

  • Improved growth, development, health and nutrition in children
  • Increased school performance and school attendance in students
  • Economic growth thanks to a better local market for milk and milk products
  • More employment opportunities (for every 26.5 gallons of milk produced, four jobs are created)
  • Reduced rural poverty by increasing farmers’ income

We need your help to bridge the gap between the farmers and the kids who greatly need freshly pasteurized milk to grow their bodies.

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