In many developing countries, milk is a significant source of calories, macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals in the human diet. It’s also a critical source of income for smallholder farmers. But the journey from milking to marketplace is not without obstacles. Traditional milk pails are frequently kicked over during milking and gather contaminants that accelerate spoilage.
To address these breakdowns in the dairy supply chain, Global Good and Intellectual Ventures Laboratory set out to invent an improved milking and transportation system for farmers in developing countries. Our goal: invent a simple, low-cost solution that helps rural dairy farmers maximize the quantity and quality of milk they’re able to market and sell, and is designed to be manufactured locally, so profits stay in the region.
The result is an alternative to the traditional pails and jerry cans that rural farmers currently use for milk collection, storage, and transport. Called Mazzi™, it’s a durable 10-liter food-grade plastic container designed with a wide mouth to increase yield. Mazzi is easy to clean with no corners that collect residue or containments. It has a detachable black funnel to identify signs of a cow’s udder infections (known as mastitis) as well as a secure, durable lid to prevent spills and stack for easy transportation.
Mazzi will be available in select markets thanks to a network of local manufacturing and distributing partners. For more information about Mazzi and the milking and transportation system, visit the Mazzi website.