Since 2012, FrieslandCampina and Agriterra have officially been working together through the Dairy Development Programme (DDP), the aim of which is to help small-scale dairy farmers and their organisations in Asia and Africa manage their farms as efficiently as possible, by providing support and sharing knowledge. The aim is to boost dairy production both qualitatively and quantitatively in order to improve the socio-economic position of these farmers and make rural communities more viable. The initiative is also designed to get the younger generation more interested in agricultural entrepreneurship by improving their economic prospects in order to help reverse the sharp rise in the average age of farmers worldwide. On Monday 29 October Hein Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of FrieslandCampina, and Marc Calon, Chairman of the Board of Agriterra, signed an agreement to extend the partnership between the two organisations for another period of 5 years.

Facts & figures from 2015-2018

  • Employees and member dairy farmers of FrieslandCampina conducted over 100 expert missions to support over 50 (dairy) cooperatives in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia and Rwanda on subjects such as good governance, human resource management, marketing, farm management, member commitment, finance, business planning and extension services
  • 26 Dutch member farmers of FrieslandCampina are included in the so-called Farmer2Farmer Programme. Together they conducted 25 missions to train and advise local farmers in Good Dairy Farming Practices.
  • Every year FrieslandCampina reaches over 250,000 dairy farmers directly and indirectly via its Dairy Development Programme
  • 660,000 farmers worldwide benefit from Agriterra’s advice, training & exchange. This is only possible because of partnerships such as the one with FrieslandCampina
  • Agriterra has many partners within the Dutch cooperative sector: over 700 experts are available for advice assignments and training of cooperatives and farmer organisations worldwide
  • Agriterra’s impact is growing: the Dutch agri-agency advises more than 250 cooperatives and farmer organisations in 20 countries. Recently Agriterra started working with cooperatives in West Africa as well.

Schumacher: “The partnership is one of the ways in which FrieslandCampina brings its purpose nourishing by nature to life. By joining forces with Agriterra we support farmers in other parts of the world to make a better living and improve food security. Member farmers and employees of FrieslandCampina come back energized from their missions, because in little time they have been able to support dairy cooperatives to take great steps. I look forward to continuing to make an impact together with Agriterra.”

Calon: “We believe in the positive effects of the transfer of cooperative knowledge by FrieslandCampina experts. Agriterra’s pool of experts from the Dutch cooperative sector is a unique feature in the approach of Agriterra. Agripool experts advise, train and share experiences on a peer-to-peer basis. They speak the language of the farmers. This Memorandum of Cooperation is an expression of shared ambitions, objectives in dairy development worldwide. We are excited to be working with FrieslandCampina for the next 5 years.”

For more information please visit Agriterra website.