The TV series “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” is produced by Regency Foundation Networx, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Designed to promote and encourage the adoption of the ‘inclusive business’ model as a component of corporate growth strategy in Africa, the TV series demonstrates how this approach can make a contribution towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Yara International - The Environment And Climate Compatible Agriculture Project
This agriculture-based story explores innovative solutions to farming in Tanzania. Solutions that have scalability and relevance for the rest of Africa and the world, and have seen an exciting partnership between the private sector, academics and farmers in their fields to come up with best practices that can ensure a brighter future for all. What is the link between profit and responsibility and how can the two work hand in hand for a better overall result?
IT’S AFRICA’S TIME was invited to the Morogoro district in eastern Tanzania and to a maize farming region in the south west to explore a pilot programme focusing on the sustainable intensification of farming, done in an environmentally responsible way. The idea was to help farmers farm more effectively to ensure a significant improvement in yields with a win-win benefit to the environment through better use of farmland and agricultural inputs (known to non-agri pundits as products used to protect crops and feed the soil).
From 2011 – 2014, Yara, a world leader in sustainable agri-solutions, helped create a pilot project called The ECCAg – The Environment and Climate Compatible Agriculture Project. It brought together the private sector, academia and farmers, producing skill-sets and invaluable data never collected before. It showed conclusively that intensification of agriculture through improved agronomic protocols are in fact compatible with environmental sustainability, while at the same time improving productivity and profitability at farm level. Good news indeed!
Watch the Video - Yara International, Season 3 Episode 4
Frieslandcampina - Milk Producer's Upskilling Programme In Nigeria
It’s quite extraordinary that Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa and home to almost 200 million people, does not yet have a strong supply of locally sourced milk products. In 2011 FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, the country’s leading dairy manufacturer, decided to change this by introducing the country’s first ever milk producers’ up-skilling programme.
The Dairy Development Programme, formed in partnership with government and civil society, seeks to empower Fulani herdsmen to improve their livelihoods and become suppliers to FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC. They have milked for subsistence for generations but now things are changing and the results are impressive.
Of the hundreds of farmers engaged so far, many have increased their incomes by 50% as they now have a steady market for their raw milk through the company and its reach into Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Dairy production training, a free veterinary service and access to water for their cattle are also part of the mix.
Our crew visited Oyo State, a few hours drive north of Lagos, to investigate this inclusive partnership and meet the farmers and stakeholders who are making it happen.
Watch the Video - Frieslandcampina, Season 3 Episode 4
This story was previously published on IT'S AFRICA TIME and is reproduced with permission.