Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012
The Rural Poverty Reduction Through Livestock Development Project, launched in March 2009 and co-funded by Nestlé Pakistan and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), offers dairy farmers training, technical assistance and veterinary services, and links with local businesses.
TECHNICAL 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 4000 farmers have been trained and are part of the milk value chain.
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 3400 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.
In August 2010, floods across north-west Pakistan killed more than 1600 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.
VETERINARY 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.
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