FrieslandCampina WAMCO emerged “Most Improved Company in CSR” at the 2015 SERAs – Social Enterprise Report and Awards – in recognition of its remarkable corporate social responsibility strides, especially its Dairy Development Programme (DDP).
FrieslandCampina WAMCO initiated the Dairy Development Programme in 2010 to increase its local content and support the Federal Government’s initiative to grow the agriculture sector, and it is gradually growing into a full national programme involving the transfer of technology know how on milk production to Nigerian farmers.
The Dairy Development Programme enables dairy farmers to run their businesses optimally and bring dairy production to higher volumes and quality. To facilitate this programme, FrieslandCampina WAMCO setup four milk collection centres (MCCs) in and a milk bulking centre (MBC) in Iseyin, Oyo State.
Through the DDP, FrieslandCampina WAMCO invests in about 900 local dairy farmers located in Oyo State. The farmers are trained on how to manage small holder dairy farming system, feeding and feed conservation/zero grazing, calf rearing, raw milk hygiene, financial management, benefits of artificial insemination and improved pasture development. The training is conducted together with the company’s DDP core partners, namely: International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD).
By sharing knowledge and expertise, FC WAMCO contributes to improving the quality and quantity of raw milk in the country, knowledge and skill of local dairy farmers, social status of farmers, self-sufficiency and food security in the nation. The DDP also helps facilitate dairy farmers to find a market for their milk and embraces partnerships to increase the impact of DDP.
FrieslandCampina WAMCO was nominated in other categories of the SERAs, including “Best Company in Support of Agriculture” and “Best Company in Partnership for Development,” which were won by British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) and the Sahara Group, respectively.
According to Ken Egbas, founder of the SERAs, “This is a platform where participating organisations showcase their work around corporate social responsibility to the society and the society in turn assesses and rates their CSR performance. The selection and nomination process includes the call for and submission of entries, the field trips to cited CSR projects, voting by the general public and the judges’ sessions in determining the winners.”
PHOTO CAPTION: FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s milk carrying truck