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Market-Oriented Dairy


Market-Oriented Dairy catalyzes sustainable growth in Sri Lanka’s dairy sector. It supports farmers and other related enterprises to meet increased demand for fresh milk and dairy.

Activities And Approaches

IESC takes a market-driven approach to growing Sri Lanka’s dairy sector. The program activities respond to sector needs and leverage market opportunities.

The program improves the availability of quality products and services—such as feed or artificial insemination—for dairy farmers. We introduce and train on best practices in dairy farm management and improve quality standards and sanitary practices on the farm, at collection, and during transport.

Market-Oriented Dairy also connects buyers, sellers, suppliers, and service providers, along the dairy value chain with up-to-date information and communication technology platforms, including a mobile app that quickly matches people with dairy goods and services in their area.

On this program, IESC leverages its database of highly skilled volunteer experts to provide targeted, demand-driven assistance to dairy entrepreneurs.


  • 83,000 metric tons of increased milk production
  • $38.4 million in sales by program beneficiaries
  • 80% reduction in milk that is rejected because of quality concerns

Funder: USDA Food for Progress
Project Duration: 2017-2022
Award: $21.3 million

USDA Market-Oriented Dairy project assists more than 15,000 Sri Lankan farmers


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