A large proportion of the world's poor live in South-East Asia and many
of them rely on dairy production for at least part of their livelihood.
These producers have a competitive edge in the global market due to
their low production costs, compared to producers in Europe and North
America. The dairy product market in the South-East Asia region is
projected to steadily increase in the future.
To further enhance productivity of milk production and make South Asian
dairy farmers fit to meet international competition, farmer organisation
has to be strengthened to ensure that their interests are better
represented on a national scale. Additionally, considerable gains in
productivity are to be reaped through improved dairy management.