Dairy cow investment for Overseas Filipinos

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The project offers an alternative investment vehicle for pushing the local dairy industry in the countryside of the Philippines. It consists of a milk-feeding and breeding program. ERCOF wishes to reduce rural poverty by building rural communities on a demand-driven basis. The dairy value chain employs idle land and under-employed farm labour to create high-value products by migrant investments in water buffaloes and cattle.

Results

• launched a rural milk-feeding and breeding program
• stimulated public-private partnership

Activities

• Manage the breeding & milking operations directly;
• Own all parent-stock and at least half the off-spring;
• Monitor and supervise herd & farmer-partner improvement;
• Recruit and monitor social partner programs for our farming communities;
• Develop the brand Asia-wide;
• Track accountability participants

OrganisationERCOF
Organisation typeNGO
Sector(s)
  • Capital investment (Business/SME)
Countries
  • Philippines
Region(s)
  • South East Asia
Websitewww.ercof.com
Partnerships

• poor farmers and their dairy cooperatives
• franchised dairies
• investors

Financial contributors

Challenges

Other issues

Local ownership:

Local needs assessment
The project has been brought to life as a result of close investigation of the local needs by the organization. Based on the observed needs and those expressed by the community members, the organization decided to start a project that would address the needs that were not being met at the moment of investigation. The project therefore works from a demand-driven need of local farmers. In this way, the project overcame potential challenges before they arose as they already ensured that the project that was being implemented would meet the desires of the community, which stimulated local involvement and supported the sustainability of the project.

Partnership

Inclusion of local community as partners
As the project was already based on the needs of the community, the organization needed to find a way to ensure that the project would not only meet their needs through activities by third parties, but also wanted to include the local community in the execution during the different project phases. Making the community a part of the project, and not only end beneficiaries, strengthened the local commitment to and sense of ownership over the project. Eventually the project created a value-chain within the community in which it connects farmers, migrant investors, dairy cooperatives and franchised dairies.