Tanzania Inclusive Processor-Producer Partnerships in Dairy (TI3P)

Boosting small-scale dairy production in Tanzania.
2022 – 2025

Tanzania Inclusive Processor-Producer Partnerships in Dairy Project (TI3P) is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB).  The project is enabling public-private partnerships to increase the incomes of small-scale dairy producers in Tanzania. Through the project’s efforts, producers are gaining access to formal milk aggregation, processing, and marketing systems while sustainably increasing their on-farm production. Producers are also gaining access to much-needed inputs and services that will help their businesses thrive, such as cattle vaccines, feed, forage, and genetics. The project is prioritizing women’s economic empowerment by actively encouraging women’s participation in the dairy sector, while increasing their access and control over productive assets. As a result of all these changes, safe, nutritious dairy products will become more widely available in both rural and urban areas. Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a sub-awardee of TADB, along with Bain & Company, Inc., Heifer International, and the Global Dairy Platform.

— Results to Date —


Average capacity utilization of processors


Farmers receiving training and/or extension services from project-supported agents


Increase in volume of milk produced


1. Accelerating Dairy Enterprises

Currently, Tanzania’s dairy processing facilities are only operating at an average capacity of approximately 25 percent. TI3P is supporting investments that will help modernize facilities to boost these numbers.

2. Increasing Smallholder Farmers’ Production

TI3P is developing extension services and supporting farmers to increase household milk production and productivity by at least 25 percent. It is also increasing milk safety and quality through improved feeds and related nutrients, veterinary services and inputs, breeds and breeding services, etc.

3. Boosting Income for Farmers

TI3P is stimulating demand by investing in interventions that will “pull through” increased supply (generated from upstream investments in smallholder farmers), including improved distribution mechanisms that create new sales channels and go-to-market opportunities for processors, models that create new demand sinks, and high-impact nutrition/behavior change campaigns. This will ultimately boost income for smallholders.



Agriculture is critical to Tanzania’s economy: In 2017,  the agricultural sector contributed to approximately 29 percent of the country’s GDP and provided close to 75 percent of all employment, while fulfilling most domestic food needs.  Tanzania’s livestock sector is no exception. However, approximately 80 percent of livestock production comes from small-scale producers, who often do not have access to modern technologies and inputs.  Tanzania’s government believes that there is significant untapped potential in the livestock sector, which could simultaneously lead to more production and a more climate-resilient industry.