Haramaya Camel Dairy

Partner Institution(s): 
Haramya University, Department of Animal Sciences, Ethiopia
University of Copenhagen, Department of Food Science, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Department of Human Nutrition, Denmark
Chr Hansen A/S, Research and Development, Denmark
Start Date: 
January 1, 2013
End Date: 
December 31, 2017
Project Code: 
Total grant: 
DKK 9,027,324
Contact : 
Egon Bech Hansen

Camels are popular domestic animals in arid and semiarid regions of Africa and the Middle East. Camels are held mainly as dairy animals, but also for the meat and for transportation. The largest camel population is found in East Africa, around the Horn of Africa in Somalia, Sudan, and Ethiopia. The camels in Ethiopia amounts to 2.5 millions.
Camel milk is mainly consumed raw in the local area without the use of modern distribution channels. The development of a dairy industry has been limited by the fact that neither butter nor cheese could be manufactured from camel’s milk, limiting the product to be liquid milk. Through the use of modern biotechnology the conditions have now fundamentally changed, as camel chymosin is now commercially available as a dairy enzyme. Through this project we will conduct the research needed to create the foundation for product development of camel dairy products.
The research will be conducted in Denmark and Ethiopia. We will build the scientific and educational competencies at Haramaya University where also the dairy pilot plant will be modified to allow processing of camel’s milk. In the course of the project we expect to educate two scientists to the level of Ph D as well as ten M Sc in Dairy Technology.


Midterm Report 2015
Objectives and output from the original application:


1) A one year guest professorship of Dr Eyassu in Copenhagen. Has been converted to 2x3months of Dr Mitiku and Dr Muhammed.

2+3) Installation of Pilot Plant in Haramaya. Has been converted to a lab-scale facility, which has been in operation since 2014.

4) Educate two PhD scientists. Will be reached by 2017

5+6) Educate 10 MSc researchers. We will reach 9 by 2017. One student terminated due to personal reasons.


1) Plans for MSc and PhD programs. Has been reached and the MSc plan will be used as a model for a Haramaya atudy line.

2) Two PhD thesis, ten MSc thesis and about ten scientific papers. Will be reached by 2017.

3) An international scientific symposium at Haramaya in the middle of the project. Has been organized and will be executed July 7-9, 2016 with 75 participants.

4) An international symposium at the end. Scheduled for November 2017.

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