The CNDDD, whose founding partners are FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC and the University of Abuja, made the announcement during a webinar, Harnessing the Great Unpolished Diamond of Africa.
In a statement issued on behalf of the partners, Ore Famurewa, executive director, corporate affairs, FrieslandCampina WAMCO said, “We are glad to announce three new partners to the Centre. The partners are the Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) program, a business incubator led by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) that manages a portfolio of public-private partnerships for inclusive business in agri-food sectors and industries; Rabobank, a leading global food and agri bank that dedicates its knowledge, networks, and financial solutions to helping to solve global food problems through cooperation; and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands, which trains high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world.”
Famurewa added the partners bring expertise to the CNDDD vision and mission.
“We will be revealing more partners in the coming months, but for now, the CNDDD will continue to lead various platforms that bring together key stakeholders to share knowledge and discuss key must-win targets to enable rapid growth in our local dairy industry.”
Ben Langat, chairman of the CNDDD board, said, “For a strong sustainable dairy sector to emerge, we do need to build local expertise and strengthen relevant institutions to be self-sufficient in shaping the Nigerian dairy industry. The CNDDD is pulling together these value chain actors to work together and with the right support from expert partners.”
The CNDDD said it is committed to unlocking and developing dairy expertise for all stakeholders in the Nigerian dairy sector. It seeks to drive a homegrown model for the entire dairy value chain in Nigeria as it partners with stakeholders including the government, universities and dairy value chain professionals.