The importance of dairy farming and its contribution to the economic growth of a country cannot be over emphasized. In most countries, dairy farming is not only seen as a source of nutrients for millions of consumers but is also an important source of income for farmers and plays a significant role in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of these countries.
Therefore milk, and dairy are an important subsector in the national economies of many developing countries.
However, just like any other industry, the African dairy industry faces many challenges resulting from a number of factors, one particular challenge that has gripped the sector is lack of cold chain facilities.
Emerging dairy sectors in developing African countries cannot cool raw milk on-farm due to the lack of reliable electricity. Often the quality of the evening milk is lost because it doesn’t survive the overnight heat.
This h... Read more
Brigitte Cerfontaine, skills expert, tells us in about 3 minutes what Edukans does and shares examples of their work with Heifer in Uganda and how the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia provides a platform for their programmes!
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Gayaza High School in Uganda and various partners such as Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), AgriProFocus Uganda, SKY/AVSI, Heifer International, NARO, UCU, Buyinzika Poultry and Peace Corps; are working together to develop opportunities for students to learn and acquire agricultural skills while eating healthier and nutritious food. The 5th annual school farm camp is a project that helps the high school acquire production input and facilities that are showing promising results. Through the project, a greenhouse for vegetable production was set up and so far, five tomato harvests were achieved. Moreover, a piggery unit was built which now holds over 50 pigs. The two facilities provide learning opportunities not only for students of the Gayaza high school, but also for the neighboring schools. In addition, like=minded stakeholders have been working in close collaboration with Gayaza High School to further develop it’s School Farm Camp initiative, which seeks to equip the nation’s you... Read more
13.00 - 14.00 - TEDxAPFSpeaker 1: TOINE TIMMERMANS - Wageningen UR
Speaker 2: MARIA VAN DER HEIJDEN - MVO Nederland
This 'woman on wings' will inspire us with a disruptive talk on Gender
The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with F&BKP, facilitates the second Community of Practice (CoP) for and with professional youth from members and stakeholders! The aim is to exchange our knowledge, share experiences and jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector and to have their voices heard among decision makers.
How to “bridge the gap” between the skills of unemployed youth and the requirements for successful (self-)employment in the agrifood sector? Many interventions focus on either the supply side - improving youth skills - or the demand side - creating market and... Read more
Since 2008, our Tanzania program has focused on helping dairy farmers increase milk production. And we’ve seen incredible success with demand for milk rising at a rate of 7 percent per year.
Now, we are broadening that focus to create more viable and diverse markets for these farmers. With the help of our farmers, government agencies, and school districts, we’ve created a school milk feeding program to encourage a generation of milk-drinkers and increase the well-being and nutrition of eager students. It will also create and expand a reliable market to deliver milk to kids in need of the vitamins and minerals milk provides.
Milk will be collected from farmers in the East Africa Dairy Development project, then processed into 8-ounce packages.
Packaged milk will then be distributed to school children ages 9 and younger.
Delivery will occur each day of the 200-day school year to 10,000 children in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
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AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017
ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tackle... Read more
Klimaatverandering vormt een groeiende bedreiging voor de mondiale voedselzekerheid. Het ontwikkelen van adaptatiestrategieën valt niet mee: de diversiteit in landbouw vraagt om verschillende en vaak zeer context-specifieke oplossingen. Welke strategieën passen wij als AgriProFocus leden toe? Wat kunnen we van elkaar leren? En waar vullen we elkaar aan?
Het AgriProFocus netwerk organiseert maandelijkse Meet&Eats, door en voor leden, na werktijd, onder het genot van een stuk pizza. Heifer Nederland is de host van deze tweede Meat&Eat in het kantoor van AgriProFocus in Utrecht. De aftrap werd gedaan door BoP Innovation Center met het thema Inclusive Business. Hier kan je meer lezen over de eerste meet-up.
Het programma is als volgt:
17.30 - 18.00 uur : Inloop en een lekker stuk pizza
18.00 - 18.15 uur : Pizza Pitch van Heifer, Soil & More en SCOPEinsight
18.15 - 19.15 uur : Inleiding thema door Heifer + discussie
19.15 - 19.30 uur : Laatste... Read more
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... Read more
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
By Jason Woods, World Ark senior editor
Photos by Phil Davis
A day’s work is all the harder after shivering through a cold night without a cozy bed or warm blankets. Heifer project participants in Zambia’s Copperbelt province are sleeping much more soundly now that they’re able to turn their dairy cows and hard work into the necessities of a more comfortable life.
KAMISENGA, Zambia — Just outside the brick walls of her home, Omeli Kaposo Tabulo and her friend Belina Musha send bouts of laughter into a shockingly blue, cloudless sky. The two are reliving memories of their lives before Heifer International Zambia, before the women became dairy farmers with a healthy income.
Read the full article here. An interesting read!!
The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) Social Capital &Cluster Manager will be under the supervision of the EAYIP Country Program Manager and technical leadership and guidance from the Regional Gender and Social Capital Development Manager will be responsible for technical guidance to the Cluster coordinators on matters of gender, youth, group formation, group management, Cornerstones and project self-review and planning (PSRP) implemented using Heifer Project International’s (HPI’s) Values Based Holistic Community Development (VBHCD) approach. Working through the country program technical staff and other “partner” staff, he/she will provide support towards strengthening all the technical and social capital development (SCD) aspects. Additionally, he/she will provide leadership to the Cluster Managers in planning and implementing technical, gender mainstreaming and SCD strategies.
Heifer International (HPI) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) Access to Finance Manager, under the guidance of the EAYIP Country Program Manager will facilitate access to finance for youth entrepreneurs to start or expand businesses, He or she will be the focal point person for the design and regular review of financial access strategies and modules. The incumbent will be responsible for building financial “partnerships”, develop/roll-out relevant financial solutions, and provide financial advisory services. S/he will also perform strategic analysis of the financial landscape, work
Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
Reporting to Senior Business Development Manager and working closely with the Field Operations Manager and Cluster Leaders, the Program Officer will oversee the pilot of the School Milk Feeding Project (SMFP) and will carry out both activities of dairy marketing as well as communications. He/she will also have to liaise with key the actors of the SMFP which include farmers (producers & parents), processors, District/LGA education officers and enrolled schools. S/he will oversee coordination on allocation and distribution of milk to schools on right time, quantities and quality. In collaboration with other actors (
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a hand-out. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.
Heifer is looking for suitable candidates to fill in the following vacancies;
1. EAYIP Access to Finance Manager (Uganda)
2. Training and Social Capital Development Manager (Uganda)
3. Administrative Assistant – EAYIP (U... Read more
Press release on the signing of the Rwanda dairy development project.
Rome, 4 November 2016 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Rwanda signed an agreement today that will improve the livelihoods of over 100,000 smallholder farmers and generate opportunities for other actors in the country’s dairy sector.
The agreement was signed in Rome by H. E. Jacques Kabale Nyangezi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to IFAD, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD. The Rwanda Dairy Development project will cover 12 districts and involve an investment of US$65.1 million, which includes a $43.6 million IFAD loan, a $1.1 million IFAD grant, a $4 million grant from Heifer International and contributions from the Government of Rwanda, the private sector and project beneficiaries.
Current annual milk production in Rwanda is valued at approximately $162.
Heifer Project International is one of many non-governmental organization involved in rural development around the world. It works at the grassroots by providing animals and training to organized local groups that request assistance. Eighty-five percent of Uganda’s populations live in rural areas. Seventy-one percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes and 66 percent of its total population relies on agriculture for its livelihood, indicating the importance of livestock and crops for small-scale farmers.
East Africa Dairy Development - EADD - Heifer International is looking for qualified candidates to fill the following 2 positions;
Job Title: EADD II Senior Business Development Advisor-UG
Position: There are two (2) positions available
Duration: Full time/ Regular
Duty station: One position will be located in Mbarara; one in Kamuli
Deadline for Application: 21st October 2016
Full Job details here
Job Summary: The Senior Business De... Read more
Under the umbrella of AgriProFocus Uganda Network, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Send a Cow, Heifer International/East African Dairy Development (EADD), Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), and Renaissance Livestock network (RELINE), Brookside Dairies/Sameer organized a two day dairy stakeholders’ event.
360 (279 males and 81 females) attended the event and these comprised of processors, input dealers for drugs, pasture management, agrochemicals and fertilizers; individual farmers, farmers’ organizations, dairy cooperatives, financial institutions, providers of agro-machinery, equipment and to... Read more