Project profile — Increasing Women's Participation in the Dairy Sector in Southern Punjab


Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2014-09-04 - 2018-11-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Pakistan (100.00%)


• Basic nutrition:
Basic nutrition (12240) (5.00%)
Health education (12261) (5.00%)
• Agricultural co-operatives:
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (65.00%)
Livestock/veterinary services (31195) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The goal of this project is to provide women livestock farmers with greater access to and control of economic resources. It aims to increase the productivity of the dairy sector in three districts of southern Punjab in a way that creates opportunities for women to contribute more equitably to the sector. The project supports activities in three main areas: i) The project aims to strengthen 100 existing dairy cooperatives (Farmers' Milk Cooperatives) and establish up to 250 new cooperatives. Activities in this area include: providing the cooperatives with modern milk processing equipment; training farmers in modern techniques for breeding and raising livestock; and establishing local support services such as veterinary workers, artificial insemination technicians, and milk marketing specialists. ii) The project aims to increase the contribution of women livestock farmers to the dairy sector. Activities in this area include: providing the poorest women with assets such as buffalos, barns, feed mixers, and water troughs; providing training on how to use and manage these new assets; and providing training for female executives of the cooperatives to help them become more widely involved across the dairy sector. iii) The project aims to facilitate the creation of connections between farmers, cooperatives, the private sector, and the government. Activities in this area include: poster campaigns to increase the visibility of the cooperatives; media and communications campaigns to engage potential private sector partners for farmers and the cooperatives; and expanding the ability of the cooperatives and the government to provide local educational and advisory services that meet the needs of the dairy sector. The project is expected to benefit up to 12,250 dairy farmers and their families.

Expected results 

The project expects to achieve the following three intermediate outcomes: 1. Functional and sustainable Farmers Milk Cooperatives that provide equitable economic benefits to women and men livestock farmers; 2. Increased income and decision-making for women livestock farmers; and 3. An improved pro-poor and gender sensitive regulatory and policy framework for the dairy sector in southern Punjab.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of end of the project (November 2018) include: (1) the average income of women and men cooperative members increased by 76% and 91% respectively; (2) women enjoyed increased decision-making power in their households and increased control over their assets; (3) gender stereotypes were challenged, and acceptance of women as members of the executive bodies of the cooperatives was established; (4) more than 12,000 farmers (of which 65% were women) were trained on improved breeding, milk handling and quality testing, and production and marketing of milk-based products such as sweets; (5) the percentage of women trainees with knowledge of improved livestock breeding increased from 2% to 63%, and men trainees from 2% to 74%; the percentage of women with knowledge of milk handling increased from 0.8% to 97%, and men’s from 0.7% to 97%; the percentage of women with knowledge of fodder techniques increased from 0.4% to 56%, and men’s increased from 0.4% to 58%; (6) 6,875 farmers (of which 87% were women) were trained on nutrition with 83% of the women trainees and 90% of the men trainees succeeding in being able to identify nutrition-related principles, this is up from 46% in 2016; (7) 33 women started their own enterprises; (8) 87 Village Veterinary Workers (VVWs) (52% of which were women) were trained on identifying diseases, and providing advice on the better breeding practices of livestock, all the women VVWs registered with the government department mandated to provide advisory services on livestock breeding; and (9) productive assets (30 model barns, 250 water troughs, 50 feed mixers and 278 buffaloes) were distributed among 680 women farmers.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,772,047
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
10-05-2018 Disbursement $3,002,796
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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