Tiviski Dairy: Africa's first camel milk dairy improves livelihoods for semi-nomadic herders in Mauritania

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Publication Date: 
01 September 2007
Mamadou Gaye
UN Millennium Development Goal: 
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Tiviski is Africa's first camel milk dairy, founded by Nancy Abeiderrahmane in 1987 in Mauritania, an arid desert nation, where most of the 3 million inhabitants live as nomadic livestock herders, keeping camels, sheep, goats and cows. It now also processes cow and goat milk for domestic consumption. Tiviski sources all of its milk from semi-nomadic subsistence herders, enabling them to earn incomes while still maintaining a traditional lifestyle. Fresh camel milk and other milk products have replaced dairy products imported from Europe, bolstering the Mauritania's economy. Indeed, recent successes have brought an unexpected challenge: lobbying Europe to import Tiviski's camel delicacies. The case spotlights the inspiring story of a female entrepreneur who overcame logistical and cultural obstacles to establish an innovative value chain that supports a viable enterprise.

Citation: Gaye, Mamadou. "Tiviski Dairy: Africa's First Camel Milk Dairy Improves Livelihoods for Semi-Nomadic Herders in Mauritania." GIM Case Study No. A046. New York: United Nations Development Programme, 2008