FrieslandCampina WAMCO dairy development Programme improves farmers’ livelihoods – FC WAMCO

FrieslandCampina WAMCO

Dairy giant FrieslandCampina WAMCO says its Dairy Development Programme (DDP) continues to impact the lives of dairy farmers in rural communities.

According to the company, the farmers are given the opportunity to participate in technical and entrepreneurial trainings, thus safeguarding food security and nutrition.

Speaking on the programme, 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.”

Commenting further, Famurewa said that 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. 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.

Motorbike riders transporting raw milk in safe cans to  FrieslandCampina WAMCO's Milk Collection Centres in Iseyin, Oyo State

Motorbike riders transporting raw milk in safe cans to FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s Milk Collection Centres in Iseyin, Oyo State

This ethos consistently forms part of its engagement with the pastoralist and smallholder farmers. She said that 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.

The company added that an international non-profit organization, Partner Africa, has been engaged to conduct an independent investigation of the company’s Dairy Development sites and the company will share the results of this investigation.

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