Nestlé Equatorial Region and the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project have entered into a partnership which will see an elaborate collaboration between the two entities in the development of the dairy sector in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
Speaking at a ceremony, the Region Head for Nestlé Equatorial Africa Region, Pierre Trouilhat said the partnership was part of the company’s commitment to the development of rural communities through its Creating Shared Value business principle.
“Nestlé is happy to partner with the EADD to help improve milk production in the region, thereby improving the lives of all the stakeholders in the dairy industry and creating value for our shareholders at the same time. We are committed to the principles of Creating Shared Value which is the Nestlé way of doing business. Creating Shared Value is based on the firm conviction that in order to create long term business success, we have to create value for our share holders and value for the society at the same time” said Mr. Trouilhat.
“In June 2009, senior members of our team conducted a needs assessment trip to the Eldoret area, following which Nestle and the EADD worked out plan together on how to close the quality gaps in the value chain. On this basis, we agreed to set up a model milk village at Kabiyet in the Nandi Hills of the Rift Valley Province in collaboration with the EADD, which other farming communities would be able to replicate”. He continued: “Through this project Nestlé is working with stakeholders across the entire value chain; from farmer, the chilling plant, to the processing factory. We are also collaborating with a local milk processor in Kenya to improve their quality standards, as we intend to source locally produced milk powder for our factory in Kenya.”
In order to help farmers in a more systematic way and share best practice, Nestle will lead next month an EADD delegation to India to showcase one of its Model Milk District, where thousands of farmers are benefiting from Nestlé’s expertise.
“We are grateful to Nestlé for the support the company has given to EADD and to the dairy farmers in Kenya and the larger East African region. The trip to India will be a good experience for our dairy farmers and we believe this will very positively impact the dairy sector,” said Moses Nyabila, Regional Director, East Africa Dairy Development Project.
“As a board our objective has been to help improve the livelihood of more than 179,000 dairy farmers whom we work with across the region and they can only do so by producing high quality milk ready for the markets. Nestlé is ready to provide both the expertise and the market, provided their quality standards are met” said Mr. Nyabila.
The ultimate aim of this project is to provide market access to the farmers in Kenya through the purchase of powdered milk. In this way, Nestle will be able to produce full cream powder enabling Nestle to export milk products to other COMESA countries increasing both availability and affordability in Equatorial Africa.
About Nestlé EAR
Nestlé Equatorial African Region is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest nutrition, health and wellness company. Nestlé EAR was set up in April 2008 and oversees the Nestlé operations in 20 countries: Kenya, Angola, Burundi, Comoros, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, RC, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The East Africa Dairy Development Project (EADD) is a regional industry development program implemented by Heifer International and a consortium of partners including TechnoServe, ILRI, ABS TCM and ICRAF. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of an agricultural development grant designed to boost the yields and incomes of millions of small-scale farmers in Africa and other parts of the developing world so they can lift themselves and their families out of hunger and poverty. The project operates in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
EADD envisions to see the lives of 179,000 families transformed by doubling household dairy income through integrated intervention in dairy production, market access and knowledge application.