On April 25-27, Land O’Lakes International Development’s Ms. Giselle Aris, Mr. John MacKillop and Mr. Ariong Abbey presented at the 8th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hosted by the Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA), which promotes regional and international trade of African-made dairy products, this two-day event brought together 350 delegates from over 45 countries to share valuable insights on the trends in Africa’s dairy sector.
(L to R) Ariong Abbey, Giselle Aris and John MacKillop catch up during a break at the conference
Ms. Aris, a Leland Fellow and Microenterprise and Gender Specialist for Land O'Lakes’ Zimbabwe Building Livelihoods and Resiliency project, gave a presentation on the importance of integrating women in the commercial dairy value chain, which audiences received enthusiastically. "I've had several people e-mail me with some really positive feedback, and one presenter at the conference asked to cite my presentation in a textbook on agricultural globalization that he is co-authoring," said Giselle.
Land O'Lakes gave three presentations at the conference. Mr. Abbey talked about the cooperative movement and its unique structure, and the need for more financing for dairy sector growth. He is Land O'Lakes’ Cooperative Development Specialist for the USAID Cooperative Development Program and works out of Uganda.
Mr. MacKillop, Practice Manager for Agriculture Competitiveness and Food Systems and Safety, talked to conference attendees about lessons learned and best practices in livestock insurance.
For more information on the 8th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition, click here. To read Giselle Aris’ bio, click here.To download the presentations, click here for Giselle Aris’ PowerPoint, click here for Ariong Abbey’s PowerPoint and click here for John MacKillop’s PowerPoint.