Dairy Uganda

moderated by Sylvia Natukunda Mwesigwa


The Dairy Multi-stakeholder Platform (dairy MSP) has risen out of the activities that dairy stakeholders have been organising under the AgriProFocus network since 2014; mainly the Dairy Stakeholders Event. The stakeholders realized the need for a platform that brings together all actors along the dairy value chain that allows them to meet regularly and at the same time be able to address arising issues that affect the dairy industry. The vision of the dairy MSP is “A comprehensive and progressive dairy stakeholders’ platform that promotes the growth and competitiveness of the dairy industry”. The dairy MSP aims to support the development and growth of the dairy industry through joint stakeholder action. The Current dairy MSP members include; Dairy Development Authority, Heifer International/EADD, Uganda Dairy Processors Association, Uganda National Dairy Farmers Association, Pelum, aBi Trust, SNV, Brookside, Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO), Ministry of Trade, industry and cooperatives, Send a Cow, UNBS, among others.

Download the Dairy MSP constitution.   

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted yesterday at 01:28


AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with SNV Tanzania and PUM organized 4 learning labs in Hai District Kilimanjaro region with the aim of improving the knowledge and expertise of dairy practitioners for increased productivity in the dairy sector. Participants  were from 4 cooperatives namely, Lyamungu Dairy cooperative, Nronga Women dairy Cooperative, Kalali women dairy cooperative and Marukeni Women Cooperative.These interactive training included morning field visits and in class training with a advice from the expert. The learning labs covered topics such as:

1. Feeds and fodder

2. Animal General health 

3. Animal  Reproductive Health

The farmers were very impressed with this kind of training that gave them an opportunity to reflect on their day to day practices while highlighting loop holes that might have led to low productivity. Such loops holes include the structure of the cow shed. Traditionally dairy farmers inher

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 13 March 2018 at 08:22

Smallholder dairy cattle feeding technologies and practices in Tanzania: failures, successes, challenges and prospects for sustainability

Read more from this paper HERE 

 It is crux of the present paper to derive key lessons on failures, successes, constraints and opportunities of the previous/ongoing interventions towards improving dairy nutrition in Tanzania. This is based on the fact that if sustainable smallholder dairy development is to be achieved in Tanzania learning new lessons on what went wrong or what improvements need to be done towards increased uptake of dairy nutrition technologies is imperative. This information is believed to be of paramount importance for harnessing informed decision-making to a range of stakeholders including dairy farmers, planners and policy-makers in Tanzania and in the developing world at large.  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 March 2018 at 12:22

International Women's Day is coming. Let's get ready. March 8, 2018

INTERNATIONAL Women's Day seeks to celebrate women's achievements, as well as act as a catalyst for change when it comes to gender equality.

The UN theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”  Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There's a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Under the Gender in Valuechains platform, AgriProFocus provides an important moment to showcase commitment to women's equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender parity gains and more. 

The day is celebrated and supported globally by industry, governments, educational institutions,

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Dairy Learning Lab - Hai District

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  12 March 2018 to 20 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Machame, Hai District, Kilimanjaro

AgriProFocus Tanzania in partnership with SNV- the Netherlands Development Organisation and PUM – Netherlands Senior Experts are organizing a dairy learning lab in Machame Ward in Hai District.

About the Learning Lab

A dairy learning lab is a network approach that boosts the exchange and learning among dairy

professionals. A learning lab is a two day session on specific topics. Typically, one learning

lab day has the following elements concerning one topic.

a) Morning guided farm visit

b) Q&A session on observations with expert

c) Afternoon class with theoretical backgrounds, exchange of experience.

 These learning lab will take place in 3 dairy cooperatives in Machame Ward of Hai District. The dairy cooperatives involved are;Nronga, Kalali and Marukeni dairy cooperatives.

 In each lab, a maximum of 30 farmers and cooperative staff will participate.

The major topics for the learning labs are:

● Pasture Management (Feeds and Fodder)

● Animal reproductive health

● General animal health


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Posted By in FrieslandCampina - Dairy Development Programme
Posted 14 February 2018 at 12:35

FrieslandCampina’s Dairy Development Programme (DDP) mobilizes Dutch dairy knowledge to support farmers in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe to improve their livelihoods. DDP is an important business enabler in these parts of the world and a good example of how FrieslandCampina contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

We have gained broad international recognition for the positive impact of FrieslandCampina’s presence and role in emerging countries and in 2017 had the opportunity to discuss our contribution to poverty eradication and promoting prosperity at the United Nations in New York. Please find a brief overview of our activities in 2017 attached.

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing your results from last year Tanja! I'll promote through our social media channels as well.

1 month 1 week ago

Cornelis van Riet Interesting: Friesland Campina, promoting dairy production in Indonesia too (Malang Area, East Java), I certainly would like to get involved in efforts of Fiesland Campina, to increase the farmer's income (small holders) in this area, Not easy task, because the dairy production from Australia imported cows, is not easy. (taken into account the culture and attitude of local rural farmers in general in East Java.  Cornelis van Riet / PT PalmHijauLestari, (export and cultivation of high value ornamental plants for interior decoration, East Java - The Netherlands.   palmhijau@gmail.com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 13 February 2018 at 11:11

Strengthening of Vocational Education and Training for Food Security

From 5th to 4th December, a delegation from the Myanmar State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) visited the Netherlands - as part of the 4-year NICHE project to upgrade agricultural education. 17 members of the so-called Education Support Team had an opportunity to visit agricultural schools, farms and other projects. For many SAI teachers and managers it was the first time they traveled abroad Aye Aye Nyein, senior consultant at MDF Asia Myanmar, accompanied the team. She says "We had studied the TVET education system of Netherlands.Water management ,Wind mills and Dike construction, Delta project to have knowledge on water management and the important of Dikes and Dam for Netherlands. Studied & visit at Rotterdam, milking cows farm established by a n owner who was the fellow of Wellant College. Learning and observation of background history of DUTCH culture at Museum in Amsterdam . I hope that we can learn a lot

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 February 2018 at 11:54

Hello! My name is Lisanne Oskam, Im living in the middle of the Netherlands on a dairy farm. We are milking arround 100 cows with 2 milking Robots. Next to it Im working at HollandDoor, We organize study trips for international groups who are interested in the Dutch horticulture and agricultural sector. 

Dorina Prech This sounds really interesting, milking with robots. Thank you for sharing with us, and will definitely recommend for anyone planning a dairy study tour to NL. 

1 month 1 week ago

CASTORY WILLIAM thank you Lisannne Oskam for that information i am  real also excited with that trip to come in Netherlands for that matter contact me via this email castroyngonji@gmail.com

1 month 1 week ago

Joseph Sekiku I am called JOSEPH SEKIKU from Karagwe district, Kagera Region, NW Tanzania. The region has set itself towards establishing a diary industry.. meat and milk production. But also looking into value addition of diary products.. milk, meat ... to leather tanning. Whereas local resources are available.. what I see as biggest missing link is TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. Perhaps any interested person(s) could think of coming to Kagera region for a visit... I can help mobilize local farmers and even local logistics. My contacts +255 754 605682 email: sekiku2018@gmail.com

1 month 1 week ago

Haggai Sinkolongo this very interesting and good piece of information i would love to come to Netherlands my email. haggaisinks@gmail.com 

3 weeks 4 days ago

Tony Aditya Hi Lisannne! Greetings from East Java. I'm currently working on project with several vocational schools in agriculture and We're interested to do a study trip there. Please contact me for more information: tony.aditya@hotmail.com

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Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Kenya)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  13 February 2018, 08:00-14:30
  Azure Hotel, Lantana Road


Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Nairobi on February 13 from 08:00h-13.30h in Azure Hotel, Lantana Road, Westlands. 

The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Kenya to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.

Download the programme here

If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Dorina Prech: kenya@agriprofocus.com 


Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Ethiopia)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 February 2018, 09:00-13:30
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole area), Addis Ababa

Invitation to the Inception workshop for the research and scaling-up project Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Addis Ababa on February 15 from 9:00h-13.30h in Azzeman Hotel (Bole area, Addis Ababa).

The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.

If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Meskerem Ritmeester mritmeester@agriprofocus.com 

Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:12

Tailor made training in financial record keeping for dairy farmers

In October, we also had the tailor-made training on financial record keeping for dairy farmers. The training was facilitated by Mark Bos, from consortium partner Q-Point. 

The week started off with training of trainers’ sessions with participants from UR/CAVM, Musanze Polytechnic, IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and RAB (Northern Zone). In the ToT, the training programme for the roll out to dairy farmers was further prepared, especially in collecting financial data from invited farmers to establish a benchmark. The remainder of the week was used to deliver the training on financial record keeping to a group of 20, very enthusiastic and active, dairy farmers. The training showed that there are still challenges around, trustworthy, data (or databases) for benchmarking and the collection thereof.  It also showed that presenting the results of data collection, farmers are very much triggered to provide financial d

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME ThanksCarole Lelarge!Record keeping is one of the major problems faced by farmers!Most of them, don't know  if there is a loss or profit from their farming projects!!It is glad to see SEAD project supporting farmers on this issue!!Keep following up!! 

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:10

Collaboration between SEAD and the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA)

With the worldwide food security emerging as a major policy issue, strengthening and optimizing key agriculture value chains is of growing importance. SEAD is strengthening the capacities of the actors in 4 value chains, among which the poultry chain. 

For establishing the highest impact, it is important that the project engages with all actors in the chain, from service & input providers, to farmers, cooperatives, processors, traders and, not to forget, the customers. Having a single point of access into the value chains is a deliberate strategy of the project, witnessed by established collaboration with IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and the Rwanda National Dairy Platform. For the poultry chain, the SEAD project engaged in a collaboration with the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA), of which Mr. Jean Claude Ruzibiza is the president.

imageTo confirm our collaboration, that will be anchored in a Memorandum of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 21 November 2017 at 04:29

Dairy products poised to boom in Myanmar.

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

As demand soars among well-off urban residents for butter-rich cakes, pastries and croissants, efforts continue to boost the domestic production of milk, a crucial source of nutrition in a country where one third of the children are malnourished.

ON A DAY like any other, Yangon’s hippest bakery is a bustle of tong-wielding customers choosing pastries under the warm glow of vintage-style lights. A human conveyor belt of 20 chefs, shoulder-to-shoulder in tall paper hats, can be seen through ceiling-high windows filling shelves with green tea muffins, hotdog puffs and croissants. Ko Sai woon Si, 24, is sitting by a wall of lush plastic foliage sharing a swiss roll and chicken floss with four friends. A red G-Shock watch dangles from his wrist as he speaks about his favourite, the black forest dream

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 9 November 2017 at 09:46

Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture

8 New research projects on business models, incentives and innovative finance For Climate smart agriculture (GCP)

Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.

Read more: http://knowledge4food.net/granted-gcp-projects-scaling-climate-smart-agriculture/

Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.

A short description of the eight projects which have receiv

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Nicole Metz Maybe good to know: CCAFS is developing Country Profiles for Climate Smart Agriculture. Country profiles that are available already, for Africa: KenyaRwandaSenegalMozambiqueTanzania and ZambiaThe following profiles are currently being developed: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda.See: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/publications/csa-country-profiles

4 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Nicole, Thanks for sharing with us!!

4 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Thank you for very much for sharing this Nicole Metz! This is very relevant for our upcoming Network day, whose theme is "Investing in climate smart agriculture to enhance food security in a changing climate", and we shall actually be featuring some of these cases such as the smart farm in Nyando for the case of Kenya. 

4 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 31 October 2017 at 04:59

Fresh Dairy to train farmers to increase its production

Written by Justus Lyatuu

Fresh Dairy intends to deepen its network of milk supply by training farmers in better ways of handling milk.

The company said it would engage farmers during field days on aspects of animal breeding, feed preparation and conservation as measures to ensure Fresh Dairy meets its milk production targets throughout the year. John Gethi, the procurement director at Fresh Dairy, said the company has enhanced its daily processing capacity to 600,000 litres as it seeks to satisfy increasing demand for its products both in the domestic and foreign markets.

“We are currently partnering 80 farmer groups by training them on ways of improving production. We are emphasizing animal feed preparation and conservation as a way of increasing milk production,” Gethi told more than 3,000 farmers who attended the company’s field day, which was held in Sembabule district recently.

During the field day, farmers complained about

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Robert Baldwin so when and where is the training ???

4 months 2 weeks ago

Marion Alyek Dear Robert, I suggest you contact Dr. Robert Walimbwa to get more information on where the training will be. Reach him on 0772 448 562

4 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 01:25

Circular Agribusiness in the dairy sector: Let’s close the loops?

“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”

Dutch Network meeting with Van Hall Larenstein students & AgriProFocus members- 26 October 2017

There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.

Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri

There is a clear need to change minds

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Rose Marijani Thanks Nicole for information about the presentation of circular dairy economy.

4 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 30 October 2017 at 12:12

Food for All Talk 05 - World Bank Group - Netherlands knowledge partnership

“Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”

On September 28, the fifth Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place, entitled “Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”. Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Bruschke gave an overview of the best practices from the Netherlands and Lorenzo Terzi from the European Commission explained the new “One Health” developments in Brussels (EC).

In this fifth edition of the Food for All Talk series, a World Bank Group (WBG) audience was informed on how the sector can organize and adapt itself for success. And on how this can be done without sacrificing livestock production or farmer income, also in low- and middle-income countries and benefiting from the perspective of the broader One Health approach.

Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Brusc

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Circular Agribusiness in Dairy: let’s close the loops?

Event posted by in Van Hall Larenstein University
  26 October 2017, 17:30-19:30
  Van Hall Larenstein University - Velp

Agri-Food chains are based on linear principles, the call for a circular economy is big. The dairy farming industry claims to be based on circular principles, however, in many countries it is solely linear.

Which solutions for circularity do we have in agribusiness? Are these solutions climate-smart or inclusive? And what can we learn from each other?

You are invited to discuss these topics, together with members of the network and students from Van Hall Larenstein University during an informal dinner meeting!

To join, simply send an e-mail to Janine Schoeman (jschoeman@agriprofocus.com) before the 20th of October.

See you on Thursday the 26th!

Marco Verschuur

Coordinator Master Agricultural Production Chain Management - Van Hall Larenstein
Host and Lead for this meeting

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 27 September 2017 at 10:50


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 7 September 2017 at 02:52

I am Eric from Kigali, Rwanda,  I am new on this platform  and I have recently graduated from college.

I look forward to share  and to learn from here. Thank you

Janine Schoeman Welcome Erik, happy to see you on the platform! Looking forward to seeing more of you here. Kind Regards Janine

6 months 2 weeks ago

GEOFREY MTEMBELI welcome Erik,feel free to post anything positive and helpfully.Geofrey here from Tanzania

6 months 2 weeks ago


International short course: Milking to potential

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  14 May 2018 to 25 May 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Growing demand for dairy products has led to a significant increase in public and private involvement and to new opportunities for a range of stakeholders. This 2 weeks course will enable participants in designing and implementing dairy development strategies in emerging economies. This course will use a mix of lectures, discussions, group work and field trips to offer background, theoretical foundations, as well as practical approaches for production and market development. The dairy sector of both the EU and the global south economies will be considered in the lectures. Taking the participants’ own situation as a starting point, we will analyse the current condition, explore options that are already available for further development and design new dairy systems in a responsible manner.

Target audience
The basic prerequisite for participation in the course is active interest and professional experience in this field. Participants should be proficient in English, and have at least a BSc deg

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