Pearl Dairy

$8 million investment in Pearl Dairy to help the dairy sector in Uganda achieve its full potential

Dairy production in Uganda is dominated by small-scale farmers living in impoverished rural areas, and it is estimated that only 20% of the country’s milk output is processed. A further 27% of milk is lost to spillage or spoilage during transport, a loss made worse in the rainy season when many farmers are forced to discard their milk due to a lack of cooling or transportation facilities. Strategic support for the sector will help it improve milk quality and help reduce variability in milk production by season.


Pearl Dairy has set up the second largest milk processing plant in Uganda with a capacity of 240,000 liters of milk per day, producing mainly milk powder and butter oil. An IFC investment of $8 million in Pearl Dairy will support the operation of its milk processing plant. Establishment of new milk collection centers and cold-storage infrastructure will help facilitate milk collection from remote smallholder farms.  In addition, Pearl Dairy will offer farmers fair, transparent and timely payment for their milk, as well as effective quality control.



The GAFSP Public Sector Window is also funding the Multisectoral Food Security and Nutrition project in Uganda.


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Contact Information:

  • Mr. Niraj Shah (Head, GAFSP Unit for IFC,,+1-202-473-3743), based in Washington D.C. 


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