Town Camels and Milk Villages: the growth of camel milk marketing in the Somali Region of Ethiopia

Research Update By Abdi Abdullahi Hussein
FAC Pastoralist Theme, November 2010
  • Recently, the growth of small towns in the Somali region of Ethiopia has spread to pastoralists seeking ties to important new markets
  • Camels are the most important signifier of wealth and determinant of status in the community; their milk has been mostly used for domestic purposes
  • In Gode town, one pastoralist struck on an idea to market camel milk in towns
  • Today, this innovation is spreading widely and hundreds of camels are forming ‘milk villages’ around towns to meet increasing demand
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