Elizabeth Bintliff, Heifer International’s vice president for Africa programs, believes that through the East Africa Dairy Development project, Heifer is bringing dairy farmers together to help them realize their potential for realizing an end to extreme poverty.
Heifer was recently awarded a $25.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build upon the existing the work of the East Africa Dairy Development program, which began in 2008, to create a robust dairy industry in the region. The grant represents a portion of the total project budget of $42 million, of which the balance is yet to be raised.
The intention of EADD II is to strengthen the model implemented in its first four years to make the program scalable and replicable in other developing countries and to become a model of success. It will expand the work into Tanzania while continuing work in Kenya and Uganda. Read about the grant and how the first phase of the program worked in our first post.