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Maziwa Zaidi (More Milk) in Tanzania―Best-bet technologies and innovations: Using Mazzicans for safer milk


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Poster prepared by Florence Mutua, Silvia Alonso and Delia Grace for the Maziwa Zaidi Agribusiness Forum, Moshi, Tanzania, 17 October 2019

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Maziwa Zaidi (More Milk) in Tanzania―Best-bet technologies and innovations: Using Mazzicans for safer milk

  1. 1. Maziwa Zaidi (More Milk) in Tanzania: Best-bet Technologies and Innovations Using Mazzicans for safer milk Florence Mutua, Silvia Alonso, Delia Grace Key messages and solutions • Mazzicans are used to assess health in milking animals (e.g. mastitis), in direct milking of cows, in on-farm milk storage, to transport milk to market, and to estimate amounts produced and sold. They have a sieve and are also durable and easy to clean. • Mazzicans can help early detection and management of mastitis cases (thus restore production), ensure sale of safe and quality milk, reduce wastage along the value chain, and offer nutrition and livelihoods support to local communities. Opportunities and benefits • Mastitis reduces yield and income of farmers. Consuming milk from sick cows can cause serious human infections. Mazzicans can be used to test for mastitis prior to milking. This would allow for early treatment of sick cows and appropriate disposal of milk that is not fit for human consumption. • Delivery of safe and quality milk can be an incentive for farmers, vendors and other actors in the milk chain, to grow their businesses, and meet the rising demand. • Agrovet dealers are best suited to deliver the innovation Suitability • Farmers, milk traders and processors should be made aware of the food safety benefits of mazzican use • Appropriate incentives for their use are needed. • Regulators need to recognize and support the use of the containers in the value chain. Evidence • A study in Mvomero District (Lusato et al 2016) found the containers to be acceptable and efficacious. • Switching from traditional jerricans to mazzicans resulted to 76% reduction in bacterial contamination ( • Mazzicans have been used in several countries in the region including Ethiopia where a modified product is in use ( solution-hygienic-milking-and-transportation) • ILRI study (preliminary data) has found farmers in urban and peri-urban areas of Kenya to be satisfied with its use (mastitis testing, storage, transport). • Sustainability is assured as it is locally-produced ( • There is a limit on the amount that can be handled with one container (10 liters). This document has a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. October 2019 March 2017 Problem statement • Containers used to carry raw milk in the country are not made of food-grade materials. • They are also not designed to handle milk and may be difficult to clean and maintain. • Quality and safety of milk handled with these containers is therefore compromised. • Unsafe milk has public health and economic implications. Postharvest losses impact on the income of actors involved and may result to food insecurity. • Mazzicans offer an affordable option to address quality and safety issues in smallholder milk systems. Maziwa Zaidi thanks all donors and organizations which globally support the work of ILRI and its partners through their contributions to the CGIAR system Resource requirements (low to high, between 1 and 5) Land Water Labour Cash Access to inputs Knowledge and skills x x x x x x Impact areas (low to high, between 1 and 5) Food security Nutrition and food safety Youth empowerment Women empowerment Livelihoods Market access and linkages x x x x x x Outcome difficulty (low to high, between 1 and 5) Business profitability Environmental sustainability Youth empowerment Women empowerment x x x x