Promoting Sustainable Livestock Development Centers

BAIF Development Research Foundation has pioneered a unique doorstep delivery model of providing breeding services (artificial insemination) to cattle owners, through its Cattle Development Centers (CDCs). TechnoServe carried out research and business strategy planning, assisting BAIF to scale up from 1,700 to 3,000 CDCs across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra states. We also developed customized business plans for 170 specific centers, assisting them to achieve financial sustainability and ensuring that poor farmers, especially women, were able to benefit from their services. Overall, the centers are expected to reach 86,000 poor farmers over five years, increasing their incomes by Rs 8,000 ($148) per animal.