East African dairy under COVID-19: How is this vibrant sub-sector faring? Join us for a webinar 28 May

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Albertina is business savy. Domingos has a knack for operations—
together this husband and wife are using complementary strengths
to run a successful dairy business in Mozambique.
Their dairy operation is supported by Land O’Lakes Venture37
through the USDA-supported MERCADO program.
(Photo credit: Ashley Peterson/Land O’Lakes Venture37)

East African dairy under COVID-19: A vibrant sub-sector is key to a food-secure future

Join us for a webinar with experts from Land O’Lakes Venture37, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Global Dairy Platform & Bain & Company.

Hosted by the SEEP Network on 28 May 2020 from 9am Minneapolis (CDT) | 10am Washington DC (EDT) | 3pm London (BST) | 5pm Nairobi (EAT)

Register for the one-hour webinar here.

As COVID-19 continues to harm human health and disrupt businesses, food systems and national economies around the world, East African dairy presents great opportunities for both coping with the ongoing emergency and subsequently growing the resilience of this region’s smallholder food systems.

Dairy is the fastest growing and most dynamic agricultural sub-sector in East Africa. Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania are among the biggest dairy producers on the continent. Milk consumption in Kenya is the highest in Africa. Dairy employs several million women and men in the region, where low-income households depend on ‘informal’ (largely unregulated) dairy to access relatively cheap raw milk, which provides essential nutrition for millions of poor households, particularly infants in their first 1,000 days of life and their mothers.

In this webinar, leaders from Land O’Lakes Venture37, the Global Dairy Platform, Bain & Company, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will discuss what’s known of COVID-19’s impacts on East Africa’s vibrant dairy industry and the role dairy can play in creating resilient food systems in the future. Panelists will share how dairy is helping to ensure food and nutritional security and to maintain livelihoods during the pandemic. The Global Dairy Platform’s ‘Dairy Nourishes Africa’ initiative will be introduced as an example of how dairy can drive development on the continent.

Register for the one-hour webinar here. . . .

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