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FrieslandCampina WAMCO Dairy Development Programme improves farmers’ livelihoods

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FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria continues to impact lives of dairy farmers positively through its successful Dairy Development Programme (DDP) in rural communities.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO has the ambition to improve the standard of living of dairy farmers and their families in Nigeria, where it operates its Dairy Development Programme. The farmers are given the opportunity to participate in technical and entrepreneurial trainings, thus safeguarding food security and nutrition.

The Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Ore Famurewa, explained that “At FrieslandCampina WAMCO, we are proud of the over 7,000 farmers including female dairy farmers who have been empowered under our Dairy Development Programme, across Oyo, Ogun and Osun States respectively. We are particularly happy with the increased access they have to a better life as they are able to support themselves and send their children to school.”

It is pertinent to reiterate that FrieslandCampina WAMCO is a responsible corporate entity in Nigeria. It does not condone any form of undue commercial exploitation in any of its processes.

According to him, “the company is fully committed to preventing and eliminating any form of child labour in its supply chain. It continually works with stakeholders to develop and implement meaningful solutions, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

“This ethos consistently forms part of its engagement with the pastoralist and smallholder farmers. Additional review will be done to ensure all practices remain in line with the Oyo State Child Rights Law 2006 in particular and the Laws of Nigeria in general.

“An international non-profit organization, Partner Africa, has been engaged to conduct an independent investigation of our Dairy Development sites. FrieslandCampina WAMCO will share the results of this investigation.”

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