For 2SCALE, partnerships are a means to an end. It is through collaborating with relevant actors in the agricultural sector that the programme can scale successes and address new challenges.
In northern Nigeria, 2SCALE, in partnership with Nestle is accelerating the development of the dairy sector. This is mainly through empowering Fulani pastoralists and smallholder dairy farmers to supply quality milk to dairy processors.
Fulani Milk Producers are mainly pastoral communities who own and manage about 95% of the cattle population in Nigeria. There is an increasing need to improve the productivity of their livestock, which typically produce low volumes of milk. Improved fodder production systems are key in achieving this. This will not only improve the animals’ overall health but also enhance the quality and quantity of milk they produce.
On 7th-10th November 2021, 2SCALE participated in the 4th biennial Society for Grassland Research Development in Nigeria (SOGREDEN) conference. The conference was held at the Emerald Energy Centre, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria. SOGREDEN’s mandate is to promote efficient use of Nigerian rangeland, institute grazing control, and advise on policy reform on grazing reserves.
The theme for this year’s conference was: Grasslands Development for Improved Livestock Productivity and Farmers-Herders’ coexistence: option or imperative for Nigeria? This is in line with 2SCALE’s interventions in the dairy sector in Nigeria, particularly in pasture development activities in Paikon Kore and Bobi grazing reserve regions.
In attendance were Professor Ibisime Etela, representing the Vice-Chancellor University of Port Harcourt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor University of Abuja, Professor CBI Alawa, and Professor J T Amodu from the Forage unit of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Dignitaries from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Livestock Feed Companies and Federal Ministry of Science and Technology were also present. Student representatives from the University of Port Harcourt, faculty of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine also participated.