Slide in a presentation by Moses Nyabila on progress in the East African Dairy Development Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in which Heifer International and ILRI are two partners; the presentation was made at a USAID Bureau for Food Security Webinar on 22 June 2011 in Washington, DC (slide credit: Heifer International).
Heifer International reports that Moses Nyabila, regional director of a 5-year East African Dairy Development Project (EADD) led by Heifer and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a key partner, recently shared a remarkable story of transformation that’s taking place in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda through the EADD project.
Nyabila made a presentation to representatives of numerous non-governmental organizations and agencies at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) offices in Washington, DC, on 22 June 2011.
The goal of EADD is to double the income of 179,000 farming families in three East African countries over 10 years. Now in its fourth year, Heifer is analyzing the program’s results and discussing phase two of the project.
As reported on Heifer’s blog, Heifer finds the results of the project impressive. Key points from Nyabila’s presentation follow.
‘Before the program, millions of dairy farmers were disfranchized, without any say in the direction of the dairy industry in their area. Now, 142,000 farmers are mobilized into more than 3,000 active communities of producers.
‘In the past, few women were willing to take up leadership positions within their communities. After implementation of EADD, 26 percent of the program’s local leaders are women.
‘Before EADD, less than 10 percent of farmers in the three EADD countries banked or had access to credit. Now, 80 percent of the 90,000 participant farmers in Kenya have bank accounts in communities once considered too poor for sound investing or bank financing.
‘At today’s event, Heifer CEO Pierre Ferrari told the attendees about his trip this past December to visit some of the EADD projects [where he met] burgeoning entrepreneurs were selling their surplus milk and participating in the regional economy. “The rapidity at which they were learning and implementing these business practices was remarkable,” Pierre said.
‘You can join an ongoing conversation about food security and related issues at USAID’s new Agrilinks Blog. There, you can also view and download today’s presentation.’
Read the whole article in The Heifer Blog: In East Africa, farmers become entrepreneurs, 22 June 2011.