Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 12, Issue 2,2014
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Role of small-scale dairy sector in food security and poverty alleviation


Raed M. Al-Atiyat 1, 2

Recieved Date: 2014-02-20, Accepted Date: 2014-04-18


This study was conducted to identify potential role of traditional small-scale dairy sector (SSDS) of Jordan in support of food security and poverty alleviation. Participatory Rapid Appraisal Survey (PRAS) was performed with reference to the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis. The results stated that SSDS farmers have less than 50 ewes and does, or less than 10 cows, regardless land ownership and size. The SSDS was found to play successful role in food security and poverty alleviation for poor householders who benefited by consuming some of products and sold the surplus. The SWOT analysis reported that the main strength point was that the holders are pastoralists who consider livestock as only source of livelihood. The major weakness was feed scarcity, which resulted from water scarcity. The main threat was marketing and unstable selling price of milk that are governed by monopolization of large-scale dairy sector, which has been in bias support from government. On the other hand, some SSDS holders have solved the feed scarcity and milk marketing problems despite that they had no ability to afford high cost of technology and its training, implementation and sustainability. This was an opportunity to be considered for successful SSDS as a prerequisite of full awareness of technology inputs regarding feeds, milk handling, breeding and genetic resources, disease control, postharvest and access to markets as well as policy support.


Small-scale dairy sector, food security, poverty alleviation, SWOT analysis

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2014
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 427-433

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