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Fonterra to build developing world dairy industries

Staff writer ▼ | October 21, 2014
New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has enlisted Fonterra in a joint project to help developing countries build dairy industries and increase dairy knowledge, a senior official said on Tuesday.
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Under the Framework for International Development in Dairy Excellence, Fonterra and MFAT would seek to develop initiatives to enhance food security, knowledge and nutrition in emerging markets with relatively undeveloped dairy industries, and help build economically viable farm systems with a focus on food safety and quality.

MFAT chief executive officer John Allen said the goal was to enhance food security, income and nutrition in targeted developing countries by promoting dairy industry development and food safety and quality.

"New Zealand is one of the best-performing agricultural nations in the world. That is why MFAT is seeking to use its expertise and innovation and that of Fonterra's to bring about development solutions," Allen said in a statement.

Activities would include initiatives to raise on-farm milk safety and quality standards, increase farmer productivity and profitability, build cooperative governance, improve milk collection and transport, and educational nutrition programs with local communities.

The framework would allow MFAT to investigate potential future projects in areas like building the capability of farmers in developing countries, or enhancing cooperative models and business structures.