Dairy Worldwide

promoting entrepreneurship in animal production

moderated by Wim Goris

AgriProFocus aims for optimising the animal production system via transfer of proven technology, capacity building to producers and developing market access and institutions around dairy. Priorities include roughage and fodder, milk and meat quality, animal management and the record keeping in animal production.

We are collecting manuals, guidelines, training videos for our dairy learning toolkit. 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:44

9 Applied Research Projects granted funding by NWO-WOTRO (9 Nouveaux projets de recherche appliquée)

In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):

(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)

Uganda

Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/uganda-seeds/

Kenya

Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/kenya-rofip/

Ethiopia

Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/ethiopia-milk/

Benin

Enhanci

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Akibodé Djodji Merci Nicole pour ce partage, je viens de faire un tour sur le lien relatif au projet de recherche au Mali, c'est avec plaisir que j'ai donc retrouvé les membres du consortium dont  la Fondation Sassakawa , l'IPR, et surtout le KIT. C'est vraiment une bonne opportunité pour les producteurs du Mali.Avec une semence de qualité,on peut nourrir le monde.(Sécurité alimentaire). Le réseau se fera un grand plaisir d'accompagner le consortium et lui faciliter la vulgarisation des résultats de la recherche. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. Restons  connectés

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 July 2017 at 11:35

Call for application - Linking smallholders to commercial practices: the case of Farmer Organisations in the dairy sector in Kenya 

PROCASUR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are pleased to announce a Learning Initiative (LI) on Farmers Organizations in the Kenyan Dairy sector. It is developed under the Large Regional IFAD-Procasur Grant Programme "Strengthening capacities and tools for scaling-up and disseminating innovations (2016 - 2018)". This topic was selected resting on the consolidated results of the (i) online survey lunched by PROCASUR in April 2016 in the ESA region, (ii) in depth interviews to project managers of IFAD funded projects in the ESA region, and (iii) experts’ consultation undertaken among specialists in the area of Farmers Organizations.

Farmers organizations (FOs) are key contributors to achieving the goals and improving the livelihoods of poor rural people, reducing poverty and attaining food security. Through the services they o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 July 2017 at 10:40

JUNE DAIRY MONTH CELEBRATIONS - MASINDI

28th & 29th June 2017

June Dairy Month is an annual “Dairy Month” celebrated worldwide to pay tribute to all dairy stakeholders along the entire value chain for their contribution towards providing fresh wholesome milk, milk products for all people to enjoy. This year’s June dairy month celebrations took place in Masindi with theme “Adopting Technologies for Enhanced Milk Production and Consumption”. Activities included exhibition by stakeholders, commissioning of the rehabilitated Masindi milk collection centre, school milk program in schools aimed at promoting milk consumption and corporate social responsibility at Masindi general hospital and Masindi army barracks.

AgriProFocus Uganda participated in the June dairy month celebrations with the objective of promoting the dairy multi-stakeholder platform and mobilising new members to join the platform. AgriProFocus exhibited during the event and also participated in the CSR activities. 5 new

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Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 3 July 2017 at 06:26

Rwamagana & Gicumbi Districts Dairy Learning Lab report

For the third time in Rwanda, AgriProFocus and partners organized a dairy learning. In addition the dairy learning, this time farmers were encouraged to join dairy farmer cooperatives. We are great full to Agriterra, PUM, Dukundamatungo and IAKIB cooperatives. 

You can read the full report here.

You can  also find the the dairy cost calculation template here

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Posted By in Holland Pavilion - Agritech Expo 2017
Posted 26 June 2017 at 07:07

Doing Business in Zambia Meeting - 26th April, 2017 

As part of the Dairy and Poultry Trade Mission, the Doing Business in Zambia Meeting was held on 26th April, 2017 at the Southern Sun Hotel. This meeting was held to give insight to the Dutch and Zambian Businesses on the business landscape and the opportunities that are in Zambia. This occasion was graced by the Director of Zambia Development Agency and we had presentations from Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA), Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority, Poultry Association of Zambia and the Dairy Association of Zambia. Each of these institutions gave an insight on the rules and regulations in respect to their mandate in the event that the business would be interested in participating in doing business in the Zambian business environment.   


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 June 2017 at 10:08

Dairy: Uganda’s un-milked sector

SNV's Rinus van Klinken examines the rise of Dairy in Uganda and why more attention needs to be paid to the sector that is rapidly overtaking the traditional export commodities.

As the world celebrates June dairy month, Uganda has more reason than most countries to put the dairy sector in the limelight. A quiet revolution has drastically changed the face of the sector, making it one of the outstanding agricultural success stories. The dairy value chain ticks the boxes of the government of Uganda's policy to promote commercial farming, encourage rural agro-processing and stimulate export. Surprisingly, policy makers do not seem to be aware of their own success, ignoring opportunities for further growth.

One of the reasons that dairy has not yet been profiled by government as a growth sector in agriculture is the lack of data. Who is aware that dairy has developed into the third agricultural export commodity, after coffee and fish? And well ahead of such esta

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 June 2017 at 11:39

How dairy farmers can mitigate & adapt to climate change

Watch how dairy farmers in South-West Uganda are innovating their farming practices to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.   


Anne Marie Kortleve HI Jacob, the link does not work for me and I'm curious to see. Can you add the correct YouTube-link? Thnx!

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Jacob Olanya Hello Anne Marie Kortleve, It seems we had a problem with the network but its now up.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 30 May 2017 at 05:53

Vacancies at Dairy Development Authority (DDA)

Dairy Development Authority is a Semi- Autonomous Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. Its mandate is to develop and regulate the sector. It is established under the Dairy Industry Act, 1998 and its objectives are to provide proper coordination and efficient implementation of all Government policies which are designed to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency in the production of milk in Uganda by promoting production and competition in the dairy industry and monitoring the market for milk and dairy products.

In order to effectively fulfill the mandate, the Authority would like to fill the under-listed positions:

Position 1: Dairy Development Officer

Reports to: Senior Dairy Development Officer

Position 2: Dairy Inspector

Reports to: Senior Dairy Inspector

Position 3: Planner /Data Officer

Reports to: Senior Planning Officer

Position 4: Administrative Assistant

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 23 May 2017 at 02:14

Opportunity for growth for Rungwe & Mbeya Dairy Sector

A group of thirty three (33) dairy farmers from Rungwe and Busokelo Districts; and 6 Livestock extension Officers from Mbeya, Rungwe, Busokelo, Iringa and Njombe benefited from a three days intensive capacity building training on dairy cattle best management practices through a dairy learning lab. The lab took place from 10th to 12th April 2017, and was led by Mr. Gidi Smolders, a Dairy Expert from PUM- The Netherlands and organized by SAGCOT Centre Limited in collaboration with AgriProfocus and ASAS Dairies Ltd.

The dairy learning lab was a combination of an in-door/classroom and out-door/on-farm training. It was a highly interactive and a learning experience for both the farmers and the local Government Livestock officers, thanks to Gidi Smolders who unleashed his long standing experience of working in the dairy sector, and articulated well the adult learning techniques: adults learn better with practice on something of thei

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Business to Business Meetings

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  02 July 2017 to 06 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaam

The 41 st DITF, Buyer/Seller meetings aims at linking sellers and buyers of agricultural produce to establish business relationships for selected sectors. The sectors are:

i. Oil seeds – Sunflower and Sesame

ii. Dairy

iii. Horticultural produce (Cabbage, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Nutmeg, Mangoes, Black pepper, Chillies, Okra, Lime, Pineapples, Dried Cloves, Ginger, Onions and Water melon)

iv. Poultry

Both buyers and sellers will be provided with platform to discuss the sector and assess the product availability, quantity and quality, varieties, delivery logistics, sales agreements and new market opportunities.

Find More details HERE



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 May 2017 at 10:33

Dairy development in northern Uganda


“We are aiming at transforming the lives of 300 small holder farmers through pilot-testing a dairy micro-leasing model in Omoro and Gulu district by 2018,” said William Matovu, the Heifer Uganda Country Director.

To improve the dairy industry and therefore lives of the people, Heifer International is giving out exotic cattle to the people of Northern Uganda.

The Jinnai project which is going to last for two years is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Foundation. If it succeeds, it will be extended to other neighboring districts.

“We are aiming at transforming the lives of 300 small holder farmers through pilot-testing a dairy micro-leasing model in Omoro and Gulu district by 2018,” said William Matovu, the Heifer Uganda Country Director.

Matovu noted that if the project is successful, they will be job creation, increased incomes for small holder farmers and increased access to nutritious food in Gulu.

Speaking at the conference, Ambassador J

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 May 2017 at 10:22

Combatting the AMR Crisis in the African Livestock Sector


My colleagues Sylvia Natukunda business & partnership manager and Wim Goris network facilitator discuss steps needed to curb the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the livestock sector. This article appeared on FarmingFirst and the monthly newsletter of the World Farmers Organisation.

Antibiotics are crucial in human and animal health and yet growing levels of resistance to these drugs pose an increasingly serious threat to public health. One of the key contributing factors to such antimicrobial resistance is irresponsible use of antibiotics in the livestock sector.

AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots that promotes farmer entrepreneurship as a contribution to food and nutrition security in developing countries. Food quality is a growing concern in many of these countries. But the awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance is still low.

Need for upscaling proper advice and monitoring

Dairy profess

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 11 May 2017 at 08:33

Grants for Grabs!

Prior to the Holland Pavilion at the Agritech expo, AgriProFocus Zambia organized a “Doing Business in Zambia” Seminar. The seminar was meant to highlight the status of the Poultry and Dairy sector in Zambia and the nature of the business environment with regards to the agriculture sector.

All the key stakeholder that were present including Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia Development Agency, Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority,  PACRA, Poultry Association of Zambia and Dairy Association of Zambia identified the potential investment opportunities in the poultry and dairy sub-sectors to be:

1. Feed additives and premixes

2. Vaccines and medicines for poultry and dairy

3. Improved poultry and dairy genetics

4. Diagnostic facilities

5. Commercial extension services as the government is slowly moving away from providing free extension services to farm

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As part of the mission, the Doing Business in Zambia Meeting was held on 26th April, 2017 at the Southern Sun Hotel. This meeting was held to give insight to the Dutch and Zambian Businesses on the business landscape and the opportunities that are in Zambia. This occasion was graced by the Director of Zambia Development Agency and we had presentations from Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA), Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority, Poultry Association of Zambia and the Dairy Association of Zambia. Each of these institutions gave an insight on the rules and regulations in respect to their mandate in the event that the business would be interested in participating in doing business in the Zambian business environment. Below are the presentations that were shared during the meeting    

Poultry Association of Zambia presentation 

Dairy Association of Zambia presentation 

Ministry of Livestock presentation  

Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA)/images.agri-profocus.nl/upload/Doing_Business_in_Zambia_Mission__PACCRA1498637286.pdf

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) 

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 2 May 2017 at 08:46

Updating the Labour Market Needs Assessment

The SEAD project is in essence, a capacity building project that is set out to address the skills gaps in the Value Chains of Irish Potato, Dairy, Poultry and Horticulture/Vegetables. It is key to determine the gaps in formal education, applied research and outreach services/non-formal education as provided by the education sector (both by TVET and Universities). Through the support under the NICHE-1 programme (a concerted activity conducted by CAVM and Q-Point), several Labour Market Needs Assessments (LMNA) were conducted that shed light on the needs of the labour market, especially from the private sector (farmers, cooperatives and agri-businesses). The SEAD Project gratefully used the available information for prioritizing its interventions, in especially the Poultry and Irish Potato chains. For the dairy and horticulture chains, valuable information was available from studies performed by SNV and Livestock research/WageningenUR.

The consorti

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 26 April 2017 at 06:27

Gender Assessments in Dairy Value Chains

Integrating gender into dairy value chain development.  

FAO has recently published three assessments of  dairy value chains in selected sites in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya.  These assessments are based on evidence gathered through fieldwork complemented by a review of specialized background documentation.  The findings confirm that women's empowerment is vital for sustainable dairy value chain development and that projects supporting dairy production need to increase their efforts to be gender inclusive.  You can find the papers in the links below:

1. “Gender assessment of dairy value chains: evidence from Kenya”. http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6786e.pdf

2. “Gender assessment of dairy value chains: evidence from Ethiopia” http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6695e.pdf

3. “Gender assessment of dairy value chains: evidence from Rwanda”. http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6845e.pdf

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 April 2017 at 08:54

DAIRY ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REVIEW OF STANDARDS ON DAIRY AND DAIRY PRODUCTS

Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ) has been invited by the Zambia Bureau of Standards to attend a two-day meeting to review dairy and dairy products standards. The preparation of the standards is done through a Technical Committees comprising stakeholders who meet to discuss the subject matter and agree on the contents of the standards through consensus. The draft standards which are being reviewed are on pasteurized milk specification, yoghurt, raw cow milk and UHT milk specification. Zambia Bureau of Standards is the national standards body for Zambia established by an Act of Parliament.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 March 2017 at 09:31

Book Launch: Dairy Matters

During the AgriProFocus event Making Business Work for Development the book Dairy Matters was launched. Rik Overmars from SNV, handed a copy to Jeroen Steeghs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme is run by SNV Kenya plus partners and is financed by the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. The inspiring book showcases eighteen case studies of farmers, cooperation's and businesses. Most of the stories in this collection describe the changes that dairy farmers have made in their own farms and the impact of their dairy business on their families and peers. After all, development is not about projects, but about people.

You can download the book via this link.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 March 2017 at 10:48

Sketch for a research & training facility, starter culture production, and market research

Article Food & Businss Knowledge Platform, by Sijmen Schouten - GCP1 Zambian traditional fermented foods 


In 2015, the University of Zambia, together with five partner organizations, started a project on Zambian traditional non-alcoholic fermented foods. Mabisi (based on milk) and Munkoyo (based on cereal) were chosen for the study. These products are formed through the activity of fermenting microbes that convert raw materials into products with higher value. The aims of the study are to formalise current artisanal processing practice based on a best practice of current local house hold level processing and to design starter cultures of defined mixtures of bacteria to optimize and standardize the fermentation process.

Local farmer cooperatives as focal groups as owners of the tradition. Local farmers and their cooperatives and organisations are involved in our project as key stakeholders. T

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 March 2017 at 08:43

Taking the Dairy Industry Forward

Despite the increased demand for improved dairy crosses, there are currently no commercial cattle breeders in the country, making access to breed stock expensive and beyond the reach of most smallholder farmers. Zambia relies more on imported dairy breeding stock from South Africa than local sources for its dairy development agenda.

The limited genetic potential of local cattle breeds currently being milked is a major factor accounting for low milk productivity and viability of smallholder dairy farming. Productivity within the Zambian traditional dairy sector is at 2 litres per cow per day. Emergent farmers who also keep cross breeds produce between 12 and 15 

litres, while commercial producers who use pure breeds are at between 17 and 24 litres per animal per day. It is therefore important to enable the small scale farmers to have access to improved dairy animal breeds.

Although pure breeds have a higher yield than traditional and cross breeds

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 February 2017 at 08:52

Senior Dairy Production & Cluster Coordinator Job at Heifer International

East Africa Dairy Development-II (EADD-II) is the second phase of an ambitious five-year program designed to transform the lives of resource poor farming families through a competitive and inclusive dairy value chain in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Reporting to the EADD-II Field Operations Manager, and working closely with Business Development Manager, Social Capital & Gender Coordinator and MLE coordinator. EADD II is looking for a qualified person to fill the position of;

Title: Senior Dairy Production & Cluster Leader

Job Location: Mbarara, , Uganda

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Job Level: Senior Specialist

Client: Non U.S. Based Locations

Closing Date: 03/10/2017

Job details and how to apply can be found here