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Integrated Dairy Development Project

Heifer International Albania

Dairy Development Project Heifer International Albania Interaction Best Practices Award Washington DC 14 December

Interaction Best

Practices Award

Washington DC

14 December 2010

Heifer International

Heifer is a global nonprofit with a tested approach to ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable manner

Heifer helps empower millions of families to lift them out of poverty and hunger through gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training, providing a multiplying source of food and income

An integral part of the Heifer approach centers around Passing on the Gift (POG)

• Heifer International’s Central and Eastern European (CEE) Area Program is an alliance of strong national organizations recognized for empowering rural communities across Central and Eastern Europe

Albania

11,100 square miles

Population: 3.6 million

58% of population lives in rural areas

411,000 farm families

Unemployment rate in rural areas: up to 45%

• 58% of population lives in rural areas • 411,000 farm families • Unemployment rate in

Heifer Albania

Country Program established in 1996

6 000 families directly assisted

54 projects implemented

Partnerships with:

Local communities

Farmers associations

Rural development organizations

Ministry of Agriculture

Local government

Educational institutions

• Rural development organizations • Ministry of Agriculture • Local government • Educational institutions

Heifer Albania Projects

Heifer Albania Projects Alpine Goats projects Beekeeping projects Dairy Cows projects Sheep projects
Heifer Albania Projects Alpine Goats projects Beekeeping projects Dairy Cows projects Sheep projects

Alpine Goats projects

Heifer Albania Projects Alpine Goats projects Beekeeping projects Dairy Cows projects Sheep projects
Heifer Albania Projects Alpine Goats projects Beekeeping projects Dairy Cows projects Sheep projects

Beekeeping projects

Heifer Albania Projects Alpine Goats projects Beekeeping projects Dairy Cows projects Sheep projects
Heifer Albania Projects Alpine Goats projects Beekeeping projects Dairy Cows projects Sheep projects

Dairy Cows projects

Heifer Albania Projects Alpine Goats projects Beekeeping projects Dairy Cows projects Sheep projects
Heifer Albania Projects Alpine Goats projects Beekeeping projects Dairy Cows projects Sheep projects

Sheep projects

Integrated Dairy Development Project in Albania

Project location
Project
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Project Background

In 1990 Albania moved from a communist centralized economy and farming system to a free trade economy and liberalized market

Farmers’ families received a cow (or other animals) and about 1.2 hectares of land from ex-cooperatives or state farms

Farmers are often hesitant to cooperate in groups following experiences in state farms

Project Background

Insufficient skills and knowledge in farm management

Limited resources and investments in farming

Large number of small mixed farms at subsistence

level

Low levels of animal feeding, breeding and milk yields

Project Goal

The goal of the “Integrated Dairy Development Project” is to:

bring more food and income in the

families

transform subsistence farming into

a sustainable source of income

• increase farmers’ cooperation (organization and marketing)

subsistence farming into a sustainable source of income • increase farmers’ cooperation (organization and marketing)
subsistence farming into a sustainable source of income • increase farmers’ cooperation (organization and marketing)

Project Objectives

1. Strengthen self-reliant associations (producer organization and marketing capacity)

2. Improvement of farm management (training and technical assistance on dairy farm management and gender)

3. Enhance the economic viability of income generating farms

Activities

Donate quality heifers for 400 families

Multiply success through Passing on the Gift

Provide technical assistance and training in farm

management

Establish 16 model farms to provide training and act as a

forum to exchange experiences

training in farm management • Establish 16 model farms to provide training and act as a

Activities

Established 4 farmers associations and provided training on cooperation, leadership, resource development, dairy food chain, business plans and gender issues

Supported a number of economic activities: provided 3

milk cooling tanks, 3 agro-vet shops, and other

equipment

• Supported a number of economic activities: provided 3 milk cooling tanks, 3 agro-vet shops, and

Impact

1. Family Livelihood and Farm Development

Increased number of animals per farm

70% of families breed 3-4 cows 8% breed more than 5 cows per farm

Enhanced productivity

milk yield per cow - 4000-6000 liter per lactation

Increased 85% of income from farms

770-1200 USD per year per cow

85% of income from farms 770-1200 USD per year per cow  Increased farmers’ knowledge in

Increased farmers’ knowledge in farm management, dairy food chain and business plans

Impact

2. Strengthening of farmers’ Associations

Joint economic activities: buying and selling together, investing in simple infrastructure and equipment

Breeding and organized sale of pure breed

Holstein heifers

Associations start providing trainings for farmers and influence in building partnerships

pure breed Holstein heifers • Associations start providing trainings for farmers and influence in building partnerships
pure breed Holstein heifers • Associations start providing trainings for farmers and influence in building partnerships

3. Other Outcomes

Impact

Participation of women in decision making in the community

Improved relations within families

Involvement of women in financial aspects of farms and decision making within family

relations within families • Involvement of women in financial aspects of farms and decision making within
relations within families • Involvement of women in financial aspects of farms and decision making within
relations within families • Involvement of women in financial aspects of farms and decision making within

Lessons Learned

Integrated development of dairy farms results in

improved nutrition, increased income and a sustainable development of community

Effective technical assistance and capacity building of farmers and their associations is translated in a self- reliant community providing added value to individual

farmers

• Increased cooperation of farmers and improved FAs’ role results in improved economic activities, marketing of products and advocacy for small farmers

Enabling Factors

Well-defined goals

Cooperation and partnerships

Appropriate evaluation and utilization of resources for farm development

Presentation of a package of investments integrated

with trainings and capacity building

Improved know-how of farmers

Capacity building as a community

Thank you!

Any questions?