Dairy farmers could benefit from a new project which aims to make the industry more resilient to threats such as COVID-19.
Dr Giuseppe Nocella from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading said:
“In February and March of 2020, Northern Italy saw significant outbreaks of COVID-19 leading to widespread restrictions to keep people safe. One of the economic impacts of this lockdown was that dairy farmers who normally rely on rapid movement in the supply chain found that they lost income and had to throw away vast quantities particularly of milk.
“What we quickly found was that there was no reactive model that can help farmers and food producers communicate with each other to adapt to changing demands. It could have been possible for dairy farmers to stockpile their produce and use it for cheese rather than dump their milk when as it began to go off, but without a centrally available system the farmers had no way of knowing that producers would have used it.”
As well as the University of Reading, the project consists of other four European partners: Università Cattolica (coordinator), Agricolus, Associazione Italiana Allevatori, Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali and System Dynamics Italian Chapter.
For more information about this project see: