This policy briefing is based on four working papers: reviews of milk production in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, with particular emphasis on small-scale producers and a review of the economics of milk production in Orissa, India.
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.
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 2 pp.