Mid-term Evaluation of the Colombia Dairy Value Chain Project

New Zealand and Colombia have been working together since 2015 on a four-year Colombia Dairy Value Chain Project. Working with the Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural and Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria, the project aimed to adapt and validate New Zealand dairy farming systems and industry knowledge into the Colombian context to provide a foundation for the extension of relevant models for dairy industry development through the tropical highland region of Colombia.

The goal of the project was to develop a profitable and competitive Colombian dairy farming sector through the widespread adoption of integrated management systems, developed and adapted from NZ and Colombian dairy experiences and validated under Colombian conditions. 

This evaluation of this project sought to draw out key lessons to: inform the future shape, direction of and support to the project; identify what is working, and what is not, and why; and, to account to MFAT, Colombian partners, and other stakeholders for the resources used and the difference they are likely to make.