Nestlé Dairy Empowerment Scheme
Between 1992 and 2008, milk production in Zimbabwe declined seven fold, and the dairy herd decreased from 200,000 to less than 40,000 cows. In order to reverse this negative trend, and to secure the long term requirements of fresh milk volumes for the Southerton Factory, a Dairy development scheme has been developed by Nestlé Zimbabwe, to be implemented in all 8 rural Provinces.
The scheme has 2 components/designs:
- Commercial dairy farming; since 2011 with the aim of reversing the decline in milk intake to Southerton Factory; targeting contracted farms or potential dairy farmers supplying to Nestlé.
- Small scale dairy farming; since 2012 with the aim of empowering rural communities to start dairy farming; targeting small holders, schools (rural development)
- Heifers are imported from South Africa, allocated on a 3 years loan (10% deposit, 6 months grace period, interest free). Mid to long term, Nestlé will develop local (confirmed) breeders, preferably contracted Nestlé dairy farms (to sustain and strengthen the viability of their farms) to supply NDES beneficiaries
Value to Society
- Increased income for farmers
- Environmental sustainability.
- Empower small scale farmers and vulnerable groups to produce better quality milk
Value to Nestlé
- Stable production and supply of milk
- Improved quality
- Improved relationships and trust with farmers
- Develop Nestlé contracted farmers to supply excess livestock for NDES
- Growing existing projects
- Assessment for 2015 projects
- 2015: move into new Provinces
- 2016: access remaining Provinces