The Nigeria Livestock Development Project (NLDP), conceived by Nestlé Nigeria, seeks to develop more than 1000 hectares of grazing area to demonstrate how the establishment of improved pasture can increase productivity of indigenous cattle and contribute to the professionalization of settled Fulanis as dairy farmers. The selected location for the implementation of the NLDP is the Paikon Kore Grazing Reserve in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), owned by the FGN. The partnership brings together a set of value chain stakeholders with the collective capacity to deepen and accelerate an inclusive business model in dairy, with the FGN allocating 1,000ha to Nestlé’s as its support to the programme.
The team took the opportunity presented by a training planned by Câm dairies for 50 participants and scaled it up to reach over 300, of which more than 50% of the beneficiaries were women. The training, which took place in December 2020, was designed to strengthen the capacity of beneficiaries to understand feeds and feeding, herd health management, milk handling and hygiene, as well as cooperatives formation and dynamics. The first two trainings were intended to help the pastoralists to increase milk production from their animals, improve milk handling, and improve understanding of quality of milk expected.Paikon Kore Grazing Reserve, FCTLadugga Grazing Reserve, Kaduna State
Nestle Nigeria is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. Through the NLDP, the company plans to support the dairy policies set by the FGN by in investing in the development of dairy value chains that benefits smallholder farmers, pastoralists and local dairy businesses.
CBi Innovations Limited (CBiIL) is an agritech company that supports smallholder farmers at scale to deliver the productivity and traceability of produce sought by processors, aided by technology to minimize impact on economics of production. CBiIL is directly responsible for the dairy project implementation, including the setup and management of Nestle’s Demonstration Farm.
2SCALE (a programme under the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC)) is one of the largest incubators for inclusive agribusiness in Africa. On the NLDP, 2SCALE is supporting Nestle by delivering farm level capacity building, cooperative development and development of supply chain connected to smallholder farmers.