Invest Co-op - Mongolia
Invest Co-op Mongolia
- Term: 4 Years
- Direct Beneficiaries: 3,000 individuals
- Implementation Partner: MCTIC, MOCCU, NAMAC
- Financial Partners: CDF Canada, Global Affairs Canada
Learning how to tuft carpets created new income for Mongolian herder Munkhtur Bolormaa. Traditional herders like him must compete with larger wool producers, and declining income spells poorer nutrition and interrupted schooling. CDF Canada is training 3,000 women and men dairy and herder families in co-operative herd management, wool processing, and marketing services.
On learning about these co-op carpets on Mongolian national radio, Munkhtur’s 85-year-old grandmother Ms. Lkhamsuren saved her money and attended an exhibition of products made by the co-op. Of all the carpets on sale she chose Munkhtur’s. “Now, I am happy because your first carpet is staying with me,” she told Munkhtur, before wishing him success making many beautiful carpets in the future.
Life is getting harder for traditional herders like Munkhtur who must compete with larger, better-managed wool producers. Declining income spells poorer nutrition, interrupted schooling and moves to cities like Ulaanbaatar, where job prospects are uncertain. CDF Canada is training 3,000 women and men dairy and herder families in co-operative herd management, wool processing, and marketing services that will enable them to live a more satisfying nomadic life on the steppe. Higher incomes spell better nutrition, savings for emergency needs and children back in school.
"...CDF Canada is reducing livestock mortality rates and improving financial literacy and agriculture enterprise management skills. "
About 40 percent of Mongolia’s labour force is made up of herders, thanks to a healthy livestock population of approximately 43 million. However, a host of issues including access to finance and markets make it difficult for herders to justify dedicating resources to improving the quality and quantity of livestock outputs. Faced with producing animals and products that do not meet the necessary quality standards for accessing higher market prices, many herders focus instead on increasing their herd size. With more animals in competition for already over-grazed pastures, livestock are getting less of the nutrients required to support them through long winter months.
Working to build the capacity of herders' livestock rearing practices to increase the quality and quantity of sheep and camel wool production, CDF Canada is reducing livestock mortality rates and improving financial literacy and agriculture enterprise management skills. The project is focussing on developing existing co-operatives to assist women and men herders' ability to access new markets, extension services and low cost quality inputs.