Farmer training and flood relief

Country: Pakistan

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012

Background

Farmer trainingTECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Dr. Maria Mubarak, dairy hub manager (right), with Naseem Akhtar, a livestock worker and village milk collection agent in Pakistan.
Nestlé Pakistan has built two demonstration and training farms in the province. Under our Farmers Development Programme, over 4,000 farmers have been trained and are part of the milk value chain.

Programme description

Community Empowerment through Livestock Development and Credit (CELDAC), a public–private partnership between UNDP-Pakistan and Nestlé Pakistan, involves the three-year project teaching rural women about livestock healthcare and giving them access to financial assistance.

Around 60% of the 3,400 women trained now work as self-employed livestock managers, milk collection agents and animal feed suppliers, and more than 600 have direct links with the dairy industry.

Value to Society

In August 2010, floods across north-west Pakistan killed more than 1,600 people. The Company's financial support of CHF 700,000 has brought food and relief to more than 50,000 people and funded the vaccination of 300,000 animals.

Farmer trainingVETERINARY ADVICE: Dr. Muhammad Qasim, a Nestlé vet, offers advice, feed and vaccines to help farmers to rebuild agricultural capacity in flood-affected areas of Pakistan.

In addition to Nestlé's regular flood relief efforts, a joint project was also developed in collaboration with the SDC, where we committed CHF 440,000 in money and resources to benefit 10,000 people in southern Punjab. This comprised basic rations, feed concentrate, vaccinations and veterinary support for 14,000 cows and buffaloes, and seed and fertilizers for both crops and grazing pasture. This response exemplifies how our approach supports long-term reconstruction and enables capacity-building.

Value to Nestlé

Next Steps

UN Millenium Development Goal

  • 1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • 2 Achieve universal primary education
  • 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
  • 4 Reduce child mortality
  • 5 Improve maternal health
  • 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
  • 8 Develop global partnerships