- Posted by Phillip Hamilton 17 Apr
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USAID Dairy Enhancement in Eastern Province (DEEP) Project Resulted in a 5% Increase in Dairy-Related Annual Income
Under the USAID Dairy Enhancement in Eastern Province (DEEP) project, Land O’ Lakes partnered with CIC Agribusiness to create an inclusive, sustainable value chain in N.E. Sri Lanka. CIC Agribusiness co-invested $4.5 million in milk a processing center, feed mill, and market linkage. The partnership resulted in a five percent increase in dairy-related annual income for over 4,100 smallholders. It also contributed to a 56 percent increase in price per liter of milk, largely due to increased competition, from CIC and Nestle. As of 2012, CIC selling 50,000 yogurt cups and 15,000 small packets daily with DEEP farmers’ milk—sustained post-project.
Partnerships are a core element of the Land O’ Lakes International Development approach of enabling communities we serve to replace poverty with prosperity, and dependency with self-reliance. They do this both by partnering and leveraging the values, skills and capabilities of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a leading agribusiness cooperative, and by implementing partnerships with companies in supply chains who have the potential to create win-win opportunities in collaboration with the businesses and smallholder farmers they serve. By optimizing synergies with Land O’Lakes in areas such as food safety, crop production, and dairy development technology we bring the innovation and proven approaches of the company through public-private partnerships to farmers and businesses in emerging economies.
Land O’ Lakes International Development is a member of the Shared Value Initiative (www. sharedvalue.org), “a global community of leaders who find business opportunities in societal challenges.” In addition, it is a founding member of the Shared Value Initiative INGO Shared Value Working Group, which aims to “improve the process for INGOs to develop shared value partnerships with corporations; and expand opportunities for creating shared value partnerships with corporations by fostering collaboration among INGOs.”