12th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition

  • 05th September 2016
  • by secretary

31 August – 2 September 2016. Kigali. 12th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition. Africa’s Largest Exhibition and Convergence of Dairy Production, Processing, Packaging and Retailing Technologies, Dairy Products and allied Industries services.
The conference hosted over 700 delegates (policies and decision makers) from over 50 countries within and outside Africa. See flyer.

Milk consumption per capita was 52.3 kilogrammes (litres) per year, which is about half of the global level. Africa self-sufficiency in milk produce is at a level of 85 -90%. Based to IFCN assumptions, milk demand in Africa is expected to be 80 million tonnes in 2025. Dr. Amit Saha, Director of Dairy Farm Analysis at International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN),

“Low per capita [milk] consumption is a concern, but we can work together to address this issue. We want smart farmers, who produce safe milk from green cows,” said Tendayi Clementine Marecha, the Board member of Eastern and Southern African Dairy Association (ESADA), and Chief Dairy Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in Zimbabwe.

“I believe that in the sense of serving the nutrition needs in communities, there is a lot of efforts needed from the government to work on the awareness of the nutritional benefits, work with partners to increase per capita consumption especially in the rural communities,” noted Dennis Karamuzi, Chief of Part for Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Programme II at Land O’Lakes International Development.

The One Cup Per Child and the One Cow Per Poor Family (Girinka) programme had helped improve nutrition. Currently One Cup Per Child is being effected in 112 schools in 15 districts of the country covering 85,000 school children from nursery to primary three and the government plans to scale it up. Dr. Theogene Rutagwenda, Director General of Livestock at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI)

When African farmers and processors come together, they can build synergy to produce more and quality milk and dairy products.Dr. Yoseph Shiferaw Mamo, Livestock Programme Coordinator at COMESA 

This 3-day conference was designed for policy makers and senior industry professionals to explore strategies for the future of a sustainable dairy industry, policy reforms, regional and international trade, domestic dairy initiatives.

Extract of the programme:

Visiting Kagugu Diary Farm :more than 250 cows

  • Antibiotic Residues In Milk, Risk For Consumers And Processors ; Giuseppe Pizzocri – Sales and Technical Support for Food and Crop Protection DSM, the Netherlands
  • Farm to table; Dairy Marketing in Rwanda ; Managing Director
  • Inyange Industries

  • World Bank IFC Financing Dairy Supply Chain in Africa: Successes and Failures ; Thomas Lee Bauer – Principal Industry Specialist ; International Finance Corporation U.S.A.
  • The future of Africa dairy sector and share experience in enhancing sustainability and competitiveness of the sector ; Tom Derksen – Managing Director Agriculture ; SNV Netherlands Development Organization Netherlands
2nd – 9th October 2016. The Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA) in collaboration with the ADEPTA is organing a Trade and Exchange Mission to France.The mission is aimed at exposing emerging dairy stakeholders across the value chain to world class dairying practices, technologies and solutions and nurturing business partnerships. During the seven-day mission the participants will experience firsthand world-class dairy industry from the farm to the table. See flyer