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FrieslandCampina led Value4Dairy Consortium gets $5m grant

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By Oluwafunke Ishola

The Value4Dairy Consortium, led by FrieslandCampina, has received five million dollars grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to boost productivity and sustainability of the Nigerian dairy sector.

The Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, Ore Famurewa, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

“The five million dollars grant received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will fund 50 per cent of the Consortium’s latest project, which is to advance systemic and sustainable local dairy production in Nigeria,” she said.

According to Famurewa, Value4Dairy Consortium launched in April 2021 is a collaboration of four strategic partners with expertise in various agri-related value chains.

It includes FrieslandCampina WAMCO; URUS (a global company in artificial insemination, genetics, and herd management systems) Barenbrug (a grass and forage seed company) and Agrifirm (a global company that operates in animal nutrition and crop farming).

Famurewa noted that the private sector consortium had developed a model that represented a pathway toward a self-sufficient, competitive, climate-smart and locally managed dairy sector, starting with three self-sustaining dairy zones in Oyo, Osun and Abuja.

She said that these zones would serve as hubs for training and supporting 10,000 pastoralists and smallholders, growing to include 40,000 milk producers in the subsequent years.

“Each Dairy zone will have a warehouse, outlets with dairy farming inputs, and two milk collection points, where FrieslandCampina WAMCO will collect the aggregated milk for processing into nutritious dairy products to feed more than five million Nigerians.

“The consortium will leverage the partners’ expertise to provide local farmers access to the latest advancements in feed, breeding, sustainable farming practices, and routes to the market, enabling them to increase milk production at lower costs sustainably,” she said.

Famurewa noted that while the programme focused on dairy sector transformation, it would also contribute to improving food security, raising farmer incomes, enhancing nutrition, reducing conflicts between herders and farmers.

She said the programme would also improve water access, and lower greenhouse gas emission intensity.

According to her, the programme is gender-intentional, as it includes dedicated interventions to empower women to participate in activities and earn additional income.

Similarly, Jeroen Elfers, Global Dairy Development Director, FrieslandCampina, said, “FrieslandCampina has a longstanding commitment to building local resilient dairy value chains.

“FrieslandCampina is committed to the growth and development of the Nigerian dairy sector and works with its partners in the Value4Dairy Consortium, to support the development of a more robust dairy infrastructure.

“We are very pleased with the grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as it will enable us to accelerate the project.

“It also makes it possible to build a more robust programme for the transition towards a sustainable, self-sufficient and inclusive dairy value chain in Nigeria,” Elfers said.

Also, Roger Adou, Managing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO said, “Together with our partners, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has created the largest dairy value chain in South-West Nigeria.

“With this project, we aim to further empower local farmers, increase milk production, and contribute to the nation’s agricultural prosperity,” he said.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma

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