44f6b111c76dd1b008723d2dc1851bcb_400x400FAO Smallholder Dairy Development It is estimated that some 12-14 percent of the world population, or 750 to 900 million people, live on dairy farms or within dairy farming households. According to a recent report in 2005 about 2.6 billion people in the developing world (48 percent of the total population) were surviving on less than US$2 per day and about 149 million farm households, mostly smallholders, kept livestock for the purpose of producing milk for self consumption or sale.