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What can you tell me about the production of camel milk?

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Thank you for submitting this information request.  Our database has information on this topic and the food industry.  Below is a review of a few of the most relevant reports.

Report 1:  Economic value of camel milk in pastoralist communities in Ethiopia, International Institute for Environment and Development, April 2015.

Specific to pastoralist communities in Ethiopia, this comprehensive report shows an analysis of a study of camel production.  It has charts depicting the mean value of camel milk produced by sample household based on the quality of milk ranging from rich, medium, poor and overall mean as well as sold versus consumed milk.  Then there is a chart depicting the total value of camel milk produced based on 4,284,735 birr a day at the household and local economy level.  This charts shows the milk volume in litres and the value in birr.

“We extrapolated the survey results from our sample households in Yabello to estimate the volume and value of camel milk production at zonal level” (pg 8).

Institute for Environment and Development, April 2015.

“The value of the milk increases with increasing wealth status, because the wealthier households produce more milk” (pg 15).

Institute for Environment and Development, April 2015.

This report also has a chart depicting the number of camels under lactation and estimated total volume of milk for their sample from thirteen regions in Ethiopia.  This is based on the estimated daily milk yield of 4.33 litres per camel.

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Institute for Environment and Development, April 2015.

Report 2:  Opportunities for Agri-food chains to become energy-smart, FAO, November 2015.

This report is more broadly directed at total milk production.  There is a short reference to the global camel milk production on page 85 as a percent of the total global production volume.

Report 3: National Drought Management Authority, ReliefWeb, Sept. 2015

This report is specific to the Wajir County area in Kenya. also briefly discusses camel milk production relative to pastoral cattle and shows that camels and cows were the major sources of milk at that time (pg 5).

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