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 and their families in a number of countries. This is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ‘No poverty’ (SDG 1), ‘Zero hunger’ (SDG 2), ‘Gender Equality’ (SDG 5), ‘Decent work and economic growth’ (SDG 8), ‘Responsible Consumption and Prodcution’ (SDG 12) 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. More information on our partnership with 2SCALE in Nigeria, to empower female dairy farmers, can be found here.

The Dairy Development Programme supports local dairy farmers (mainly small farmers) in focus countries, notably in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, 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.

Good Dairy Farming Practices

In 2018, 80,216 local farmers participated in training programmes in the context of the DDP in Nigeria, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Romania. In 2018, for the second year, FrieslandCampina measured the extent to which dairy farms in DDP countries complied with the Good Dairy Farming Practices of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). In this respect, animal health and animal welfare are important elements. For example farmers should only use approved veterinary medicines, at the recommended dose according to the label directions, or as prescribed or advised by a veterinarian. Relevant withholding periods must be observed. Of a focus group of 279 dairy farms in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia, and in 2018 for the first time also Thailand, 63 percent scored at least ‘good’. In 2018, a pilot was started, whereby a group of farmers in Vietnam and Indonesia measured the yield per cow once a month. The average yield per cow, per farmer, per day, currently is 11.1 kilos in Vietnam and 14.4 kilos in Indonesia.

Highlights in 2018

  • The subsidiary Frisian Flag Indonesia (FFI), together with a number of partners opened the first Dairy Village in the country. Several Indonesian dairy farmers work together on this modern and sustainable farm.
  • The partnership with Agriterra was extended for a period of five years. Agriterra provides advice and trains cooperatives and farmers in developing and emerging countries.
  • FrieslandCampina WAMCO announced plans for investing 23 million euros in the Nigerian dairy sector for the purpose of increasing local milk production. Part of the plan involves setting up model farms and milk collection points.
  • Engro Foods (Pakistan) won the prestigious Commonwealth Company of the Year Award for the programmes it had organised to strengthen the role of women in the dairy sector.
  • This past year, during 23 advisory missions, 16 employees and 17 member dairy farmers from FrieslandCampina provided advisory services to 24 cooperatives, among others, on behalf of FrieslandCampina and its partner organisation Agriterra.

At a glance

The infographic below is also available as a PDF document.

Training for animal health and welfare

Improving animal health and animal welfare is also part of the trainings given through the Dairy Development Programme. The experts selected and regularly trained by FrieslandCampina for instance give a CowSignals training, a practical training focusing on animal health & welfare, housing, feed & water management and farm economics. In addition, we use the Good Dairy Farming Practices standard as a Key Indicator. In this respect, animal health and animal welfare are important elements.