Dairy Development Programme

FrieslandCampina has over 140 years of experience in the world of dairy farming and uses the knowledge gained to further develop dairy farms in specific countries in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe through the Dairy Development Programme (DDP). In order to achieve this, FrieslandCampina’s DDP focuses on sharing knowledge and expertise by means of training, knowledge partnerships and initiating and supporting projects aimed at improving the dairy farming infrastructure. In this way, FrieslandCampina contributes to food security, a more sustainable production of milk and raising the standards of living for dairy farmers in a number of countries. This is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ‘No poverty’ (SDG 1), ‘Zero hunger’ (SDG 2), ‘Decent work and economic growth’ (SDG 8) and ‘Partnerships for the goals’ (SDG 17). The Global Dairy Platform (GDP), IFCN Dairy Research Network and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have recently published a report on how dairy development lifts people out of poverty and contributes to SDG 1. Please find a link to Dairy Development’s Impact on Poverty Reduction here.

The Dairy Development Programme supports local dairy farmers (mainly small farmers) in focus countries, notably in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Russia, Romania Nigeria and Pakistan in order to improve the quality of the milk, to increase the productivity per cow and to get access to the market. Since the start of the programme in the 1980s, we have directly and indirectly reached >250,000 dairy farmers.

Dairy Development Programme

In 2017, more than 55,000 local farmers in nine countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe were part of the Dairy Development Programme (DDP). In 2017, the Big Push Programme was initiated in Pakistan. This programme of the Engro Foods subsidiary and the Punjab Skills Development Fund focuses on improving milk quality, productivity and the livelihood of 9,000 small dairy farmers in the south of the Punjab Province.

A milk collection centre was opened in Saki, Nigeria, in June 2017. Five hundred dairy farmers drop off their milk here every day, which is then transported to Lagos. In Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Uganda and Ethiopia, more than 375 dairy farmers were trained by FrieslandCampina member dairy farmers as part of the Farmer2Farmer programme. In addition, this year, for the first time, FrieslandCampina measured the extent to which dairy farms in DDP countries comply with the Good Dairy Farming Practices of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). This was done for a select focus group of 199 dairy farms in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. 54 percent scored at least satisfactory.

Dairy Development Programme at a glance

The infographic below is also available as a PDF document.