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DairyBISS has successfully conducted its 4th Dairy Business Platform on breeding.

 December 21, 2017 

On the 19th of December 2017, DairyBISS has successfully conducted its 4th platform on breeding specifically on improving private AI service to commercial dairy farms, at the Ambassadors hotel in Addis Ababa.

The meeting aimed to bring together stakeholders in Ethiopia dairy sector to discuss on improved dairy fertility management with specific focus commercial dairy farms and effective private AI services provision that is playing a vital role in fertility management and breeding in the country. The meeting ended with an advice to government in dairy breeding strategy development as well as advice from government to representatives of development partners including DairyBISS on best steps forward to support efforts for realization of improve breeding for dairy production in Ethiopia.

The platform involved over 30 participants including commercial dairy farms, private AI service provider companies, private AI technicians, government and development partners.

Explanation being given on challenges and opportunities of AI from experience of NAIC.

Three presentations were conducted, the first presentation which was made by  Dr. Dereje director of Ethiopia National Artificial Insemination Centre  focused on  AI service provision from experiences of NAIC. He briefly explained challenges and opportunities in fertility management on dairy farms. The second presentation was made by Dr. Emiru Zewede, CEO ALPPIS (Addis Livestock production and Productivity Improvement Service). He shared the experience of his company  challenges and opportunities in providing AI services for dairy farms. The third presentation was on experiences of commercial dairy farms by Wondirad Abraham Chair of the commercial Dairy Producer Association. He assessed AI services and challenges and opportunities in building the future generation of dairy cows.

Following the presentation the Q&A session was going: the main issues are about quality of semen and its performance, accessing services by the commercial farms which consider their needs and priorities, accessing information on AI, level of accountability by AI services providers, efficiency of AI Service provider and situation they operate

Explanation being given on and Q&A session.

The platform shared and received various  ideas and concepts and questions related to the topic from the participants and discussed certain solutions.  Further strategies and plans were also conducted before the conclusion of the meeting.

  • There is a need to support private AI technicians in regards to business development and technical issues that aims to address their limitation to deliver the AI service efficiently and effectively.
  • There is a need to engage in improving the genetic pool of the country that create an opportunity for commercial dairy farms to access quality semen and diversified genetic sources in the total characteristics index. Note currently the private sector have capacity to supply 50,000+ dose while NAIC supply 1,000,000+ dose.
  • There is need to set (PPP) public private partnership to attain the set goal of genetic improvement strategy
  • There is need to work on supporting the ministry on some specific details of the new breeding policy in its implementation phase.
  • Support to design business models which trigger private sector involvement through time and which are able to take over fully the responsibility of government in providing AI services to the public.
  • Conduct study and recommend business models how lead commercial farm or processing industry could provide embedded services which include AI for dairy farmers.


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Meeting being conducted.


Platform meeting on Brewer’s grain

December 5, 2017

DairyBISS will organize the third round platform meeting on ‘Brewer’s grain and its importance for dairy production in Ethiopia. In the meeting in Addis on Tuesday December 12, opportunities and challenges in utilization of brewer’s grain in Ethiopia will be discussed by reviewing the current status and relating with best practices from international experiences. If you are interested to join, please contact our dairy business advisor Mr. Tinsae Berhanu via either +251911694257 and/or email: dairybiss@gmail.com. 

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December 4, 2017

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Gender Study DairyBISS project: November – December 2017

November 13, 2017

The project will undertake a Gender Study to get an insight as to which extend women owners and women workers of medium scale dairy farms, have equal access and control over the benefits.

The further aim is to professionalise the advisory services by DairyBISS technical staff, by providing advice in a gender sensitive manner.

The aims of the study are to:

– Give a group of technical advisor’s experience with tools for (participatory) gender analysis

– Involve the dairy technical staff in compiling the checklists for data collection

– Cover sample farms/ farmworkers/ households in the three different milk-shed areas

– Analyse, during a data analysis workshop, the collected information with the technical advisors and draw lessons for the planning of extension and training activities for the last 8 months of this phase of the DairyBISS project.

– Advise, on the basis of the study results, which further research concerning gender and medium scale dairy development is recommended for future support to medium scaled dairy enterprises.

The study entails two workshops:

1. Start-up workshop on gender tools and data collection, 16 and 17 November 2017

2. Data analysis workshop and how to plan and provide technical advice in a gender sensitive way, 14 and 15 December 2017.

Fieldwork will take place from 21 November till 8 December. The experiences with this (pilot) study, including the training aspects, can be made available to a larger group of DairyBISS technical advisors.

The report on this study is expected in January 2018.

Hay making trial field day in Holeta

October 30, 2017

The field trial on hay making with Holeta ATVET College was started in July 2017 and has been set up to improve on traditional hay production using little investments which would be affordable to local hay producers.

In order to involve local farmers, farm advisers and agriculture students in the ongoing research process and to show them the ongoing activities during the research phase, a field day was organised on October 27th.

The trial is conducted on two sites and compared to a similar site with no treatment. Whilst harvest of the trial plots and determining the final results will take place in a few weeks from now, the participants were clearly able to see the differences in growth between the different treatments. All research activities were explained by Merga Negassa of Holeta ATVET College. The clarifications given made it clear to farmers what is involved in improved natural grass productivity.

The trials were appreciated by all the parcitipants as it gave them an insight into how productino of natural grasslands can be improve. For the students involved, it was a very interesting exposure to the implementation of an applied research project.

The final results of the trial will be worked out soon and communicated to all stakeholders in dairy development in Ethiopia.

Internship and field survey

October 30, 2017

Jettie Veerman, student animal husbandry at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, has done a field survey on calf rearing practices on commercial dairy farms in Ethiopia.

Main objective of the study was to analyse current calf rearing practices on commercial farms in Ethiopia and advice DairyBISS on improvements which can be incorporated in our training programmes.

During her studies, she has specialised in the topic of calf rearing and done similar surveys and undertaken research in post-weaning dips.

Read her findings here.

DairyBISS is organising advisers under the Dairy Advisers Network (DAN)

September 25, 2017

DairyBISS, as part of its capacity building program, has been training advisers working in the dairy sector of Ethiopia under three specialization scheme: dairy production, dairy processing and business development. This module based training is designed on a practical basis including a coaching session after completion of each module delivered through the collaboration of both international and local experts. This was realised mainly through the partnership made with Ambo University in developing content, coordination and certification.

DairyBISS has also made the commitment to engage the advisers after the training to build their professionalism and future prospect by creating a platform on which advisers can network, collaborate and create synergy in addition to show casing their talent to the dairy sector.

Therefore, DairyBISS, together with representative of the dairy advisers network (DAN,) has organised a networking at Azeeman Hotel in Addis Ababa today. An afternoon event whereby advisers, representative from the producer, processing and feed association were present. Project partners like Land O’lakes and SNV, Ambo University, commercial farms and firms attended the program.

The program started by the welcome speech from DairyBISS followed by an introductory session. The guest speaker David Maina from Perfometer Kenya gave a speech on success and challenges of building an advisers profile specific to the dairy sector. He also shared his experience on how to build contact base, partnership and skills on working together as advisers. Two adviser from the dairy production and business development specialization made a presentation on their experience in the sector after the training, highlighting their achievements, challenges faced and prospects in the current environment of the Ethiopian dairy sector.

The committee found the lead DAN into a formalized organisation reported on progress of the assignment, illustrating the vision, mission and goals envisioned for the future. The formalities of the afternoon were closed by entertaining questions from the audience to continue to the networking session where participant exchanged contact and knowledge and enjoying the refreshments.

Hay production trial in Holeta

September 13, 2017

Almost all hay production in Ethiopia is done on natural pastures without any fertilization. But simple pasture management practices including fertilizer and manure application and also right timing during harvest could improve on the quantity and quality of pasture for hay.

Therefore, DairyBISS started a trial in close collaboration with Holeta TVET to aim at quantifying the differences between the traditional hay management practices and new fertilization practices.

This trial is a complete randomized design with five treatments and four replicates.

The treatments comprise:

  1. a control (current practice),
  2. only manure applied,
  3. only fertilizer applied,
  4. both manure and fertilizer applied with one time cutting and
  5. both fertilizer and manure applied with two times cutting.

The trail is ongoing at Holeta and will last until November this year.

Cutting the grass to prepare the site

Measuring the trial area


Adding fertilizer (urea)

Dairy advisors graduated by WLR’s DairyBISS project

September 13, 2017

Friday September 8th, 19 new dairy advisors have graduated for the dairy production training organised by the DairyBISS project. The certificates are handed over by Mr. Jan-Willem Nibbering of the Netherlands Embassy to Ethiopia. In July, 13 dairy business advisors already received their certificates.

Certificate handover

Theory, practice and skills
With a presentation of their final practical assignment, the dairy production advisors graduated for the second round of the DairyBISS’ dairy production training. The training took place between January and July and consisted of 6 training modules, including housing, feed and fodder, young stock and record keeping, health, fertility and breeding, and farm economics. The training includes theoretical as well as practical exercises in which the trainees are asked to put their advising skills into practice.
Demand for skilled dairy advisors
The DairyBISS project aims to contribute to the improvement of commercial dairy farming in Ethiopia. Currently the increasing demand for dairy products in urban areas is stimulating investments in the development of medium and large-scale dairy farms. However, proper knowledge and skills to manage these larger farms is hardly available in Ethiopia. That is why DairyBISS commenced a training program for technical and business advisors with special focus on practical skills and coaching. The technical advisors are trained in all practical aspects of dairy farm management. The business advisors learn to develop and to evaluate investment plans in the dairy sector for milk production as well as milk processing.
Willingness to pay for quality services
In July, thirteen dairy business development advisors received their certificate in the second training programme for dairy business development, a joined training program of DairyBISS, AGP-LMD and Ambo University, conducted from March to July 2017 based on eight modules succeeded by coaching on practical assignments that were linked to each module. Marc Steen, the chief of party AGP-LMD, stated during the graduation ceremony in July: The demand for quality business development services by value chain actors is growing along with increasing willingness to pay for quality product/services. This training is key step to enable business development service providers to be responsive and effective for the new prospect of the sector”. Dr Mulugeta Negeri, Dean of collage of agriculture and veterinary science of Ambo University, added “The dairy sector cannot properly develop if business development services are not strong and proactive”.
Advisor network
The trained advisors are being supported by the development of a Dairy Advisor Network. The idea behind the network is that advisors in the network will enhance their service level to farmers, which in turn makes it more attractive for farmers to engage them. Ultimately this will enhance the dependability of this new group of service
providers. The next meeting of the network will be on September 26 in Addis Ababa.
Processing training
Besides the dairy production and business development training programmes, DairyBISS is developing a specific training programme for dairy processing. The training will be executed at the end of 2017.
September 11, 2017

We wish all Ethiopians, and especially everybody who is involved in dairy, a very happy and blessed 2010!


September 04, 2017

The DairyBISS project is celebrating the completion of the second round of dairy production training designed and deliverd to Dairy Production Advisers.

The graduation for these dairy production advisers will be on September 8th, 2017 at the Harmony hotel, Addis Ababa from 3 to 5 pm.

Free online course on Animal Breeding and Genetics

August 31, 2017

Animal breeding involves the selective breeding of domestic animals with the intention to improve desirable (and heritable) qualities in the next generation.

This course introduces the steps required to design a programme for breeding animals and teaches the genetic and statistical concepts that are needed to build a solid breeding programme.

For more information about this course and to register for the free online course on breeding, please visit http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/online-education/MOOC/animal-breeding-genetics.htm.

Esthablishment of Dairy Adviser Network (DAN)

August 28, 2017

This is an exciting time for DairyBISS  because we are establishing the Dairy Adviser Network (DAN): an association of advisers led and run by our trained dairy production and business development advisers. We hope that the skills, knowledge and experience gained through the DairyBISS project has added values in their every day work and created wider possibilities to a higher level. The main goal of DAN is to provide a platform for collaboration, networking, sharing of information and strengthen the member advisers to promote themselves and more. Through DAN we believe that we can create synergy to achieve their targets faster, more efficient and broaden their contact to build their professional carrier.

Committee members are nominated and on July 18th the committee meeting was held at the DairyBISS office to discuss on ownership, organization, activity and sustainability of DAN. DAN is going to build a promotional portfolio on Facebook with good practices that has been done on client farms.

Review on Dairy Economics Training

August 28, 2017

On July 5th – 7th the Dairy Economics trainings was held for the Dairy Production advisers. On the first day there was a general introduction about the concepts of economics and the importance of considering economics in making farm decisions. Participants had an Excel exercise to see how some farm management practices (such as calving interval, age at first calving, feed selection, etc.), could influence farm profitability.

On the second day, participants were introduced to a list of indicators which they could collect in order to assess the performance of dairy farms. They were split into four groups and each group visited one farm from which they collected these farm indicators. After that they had some calculations on cost of production and other profitability indicators. Participants worked in their small groups to define the best management practices which would improve on the farm profitability of the farms they visited.

The group outcomes were presented on the last day with some interactions an good discussions between the different groups and with the trainers. Some last indicators for benchmarking dairy farms were presented after the group presentations and finally, there was a presentation to guide participants on how to convince farmers to adopt changes which could improve on their profitability.

Innovation Call ENTAG

July 18th, 2017

Find all neccesary documents to apply below:

Innovation Fund – Round 2 – Concept Note Form – Final

Innovation Fund – Round 2 – Call for Projects – Final

Innovation Fund – Round 2 – Fund Manual – Final

Innovation Call ENTAG will be advertised soon!

July 17th, 2017

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia that benefit smallholder farmers. The Innovation Fund will provide matching grant funding for innovative projects, with a maximum grant contribution of €25,000.

Projects are considered innovative when they introduce new or improved products, services, technology, business models and/or service delivery model to the country.

Projects that take place in the poultry, aquaculture, legumes, spices, sesame, potato and dairy sub sectors are eligible for co-funding.

Read more soon how to apply!

Tailor Made Training: Hoof Trimming

July 17th, 2017

Saturday July 15th, the second tailor made training on hoof trimming took place at Nardelli Farm in Debre Zeit.

Hoof trimming needed…

Hoof trimming pen


4th block of dairy business advisers training

June 14th, 2017

During the recent training for business developers, held between May 30 and June 2 in Addis Ababa, Mr. Jelle Zijlstra, Dairy Economist at Wageningen Livestock Research in the Netherlands, focused during his lectures on different areas in a dairy farm.

The main objective of this block was to improve the skills of business advisers in understanding and analyse of how dairy farms/firms should be structured and managed to maintain and/or improve their business performance and to achieve that some key issues will be discussed and analysed how farms/firms could.

The first focus area was to understand the production system of a dairy farm. This is a precaution to evaluate a dairy farm business and to recommend on improvements on technical and economic indicators.

The second item was understanding of the costs of production. In this lecture cash flow, profit and loss account were explained. Understanding of the opportunity costs of a dairy farm offered different views on production costs. Each of these views is suitable to express different characteristics of costs, revenues and profit of the production process.

The third item was understanding of the risks in dairy production and how to avoid and how to deal with these risks. Dealing with the risks of irregular demand during fasting seasons is a challenge for the Ethiopian dairy industry.

The fourth item was about marketing strategy, followed by the application of a model to design a business plan. And the use of a value chain analysis as a tool to develop interventions that contribute to such a business plan.

The fifth item was about understanding and calculation on the need of working capital. The final assignment at the end of the block was to optimize a dairy farm. Five groups applied what was learned during the training by estimating the increase in farm profit of better feeding, improved housing, higher milk quality, improved genetics and improved roughage management.


Group of Business Development Advisers

Preparation Flip Over Presentation

Group Discussion

Fertility & Breeding training

June 12th, 2017

On May 24th and 25th the Fertiliy and Breeding training for the dairy production advisers was organized at JeCCDO compound in Debre Zeit.

Dr. Ulfina from Ambo University gave an interesting presentation on breeding. In the afternoon the cows at JeCCDO were examined and discussed. What kind of bull does fit to this kind of cow and why? What are the breeding goals you’re focusing on?

The next day dr. Ulfina focused on artificial insemination and a video was watched about the details in practice. Mr. Wassink gave a presentation on the importance of fertility management. Afterwards the National AI Center in Kality was visited.

Dr. Ulfina’s presentation

Cows @JeCCDO

Visiting NAIC Kality

Tailor Made Training on Ration Calculation

June 12th, 2017

On Thursday May 18th, 7 interested advisers joined the 2nd tailor made training on ration calculation for dairy cows. Some weeks before the first round took place in Addis Ababa with 5 interested advisers. A lot of practical situations were discussed. With a special developed Excel program different kind of rations were calculated and discussed.

Ration Calculation @JeCCDO

Retrospect – Animal Health

May 9th, 2017

On April 26 – 28 the Health training for dairy production advisers was organized in Rosemary Hotel, Debre Zeit.

Dr. Wagtole from Ambo University gave a great and detailed presentation on animal health. He described the current situation in Ethiopia, the vaccination program, the most common health issues, etc. In a meanwhile there was some time to discuss together.

The next day Mr. Tessema gave an inspiring presentation on milk and milk quality in relation to animal health. His laboratory was visited and two different kinds of milk quality tests were showed.

In the afternoon the NAHDIC in Sebeta was visited and a lot of information was given. An eye-opener to most of the advisers to cooperate with them.

On the last day, Mr. Wassink gave a presentation on animal health around birth and how to handle preventive to avoid starting problems. After that Mr. Tamrat of EIAR tried to explain how to ‘read’ a cow: what signals is a cow showing and what does it tell about her? And what is she telling you to do? After lunch a dairy farm was visited to practice cow reading.

Retrospect – Tailor Made Training: Ration Calculation

May 9th, 2017

On April 18th, a tailor made training on dairy ration calculation was organized in Addis for interested trainees of the dairy production training. Because of Easter there were only 5 trainees, so this training will be organized again in Debre Zeit. Please check the date on this website at Trainings and Events.

A special developed calculation program is used during the training which includes the available feed stuffs and their values. This program is used to calculate with the most average starting points a ration that contains enough energy and protein for dairy cows. After some explanation of the program the trainees have to exercise in couples 4 assignments on ration calculation. Afterwards the possible solutions are described and discussed and in a meanwhile there are some interesting discussions on feed issues.

DairyBISS News April 2017

April 6, 2017

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News update

April 4, 2017

DairyBISS is planning to send a quarterly news update about the DairyBISS project to all key stakeholders. You will receive it this week when you are in our contact list. When you also do want to receive the news update, please send an email.


Internship and field survey

April 3, 2017

Jettie Veerman, student animal husbandry at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands will be do doing a field survey on calf rearing practices on commercial dairy farms in Ethiopia from April 4th till May 26th. She will do her field work together with the advisors of the technical training programme.

Main objective of the study is to analyse current calf rearing practices on commercial farms in Ethiopia and advice DairyBISS on improvements which can be incorporated in our training programmes.

During her studies, she has specialised in the topic of calf rearing and done similar surveys and undertaken research in post-weaning dips.


Business 2 Business

Soon there will be organized two B2B meetings:

April 28: Dairy Processing on machinery, equipment, packaging and transport

May 29: Breeding and Arteficial Insemination


Young Stock Rearing and Record Keeping

March 30, 2017

Last week the Young Stock Rearing an Record Keeping training was organized for the dairy production advisors in Holeta. The Research Center was visited and their young stock examined. During the morning sessions the theory about rearing calves was discussed. Ato Tamiru from the National Arteficial Insemination Center explained about the record keeping system for the breeding bulls. Also the bull and dam farm in Holeta was visited. Interesting discussions on record keeping and young stock rearing were also part of the training.


Start of business development training

March 20, 2017

The first block of the new business development training took place last week in Addis. There were 200 applicants, only 15 were selected, including 2 women. The target of this training is to get high quality advisors for the dairy sector. Therefore, the specific focus of the training is on the dilemma’s in the dairy chain value.The first block was on identifying strategic options for dairy development interventions. Advisors were very satisfied with this first block: they rated 4.7 out of 5! Follow up will happen by coaching round and practical assignments.

Next training block will be in the first week of April. The third and fourth block will be organized in May. The graduation will take place in the first week of June.


Platform meeting on Milk Quality

March 18, 2017

In January the next platform meeting was organized on Milk Quality. A technical committee has been appointed by the Ministry and a meeting held with the Minister of Livestock on March 10th. A follow up meeting with all Associations from the dairy industry is organized for Monday 20th. Biggest challenge will be to get consensus on importance of milk quality.


First training dairy production advisors finalized

December 1, 2016

On December 1, the first group of trained dairy production advisors, received their certificate. The ceremony took place in the presence of representatives of Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, the Dutch Embassy and some other donors. At the end of 2015, DairyBISS Ethiopia started a training program for technical dairy production advisors. Especially practical training and coaching is an important part of the training program. The advisors are trained on important practcal issues for dairy management. Graduation


Announcement Final presentations and graduation

November 22, 2016

DairyBISS would like to announce the completion activities of the first round of the Dairy Production Advisory program: the assignments presentations on Dec 1st (for graduates only) and the graduation on Dec 2nd, 2016 (for graduates and invitational), 11:00 – 13:00 @ Ilelu Hotel, Addis Abeba.


Announcement Second Round Dairy Production Advisors

November 15, 2016

DairyBISS would like to announce the intake of the second round Dairy Production Advisors capacity building program. The training program will take approximately a year to complete consisting different modules. Upon successful completion of the training, candidates will have the knowledge, skill and attitude on major components of dairy production having the confidence to become competent ADVISORS. If you think you are interested to be an advisor in the dairy sector and have the required qualifications, please express your interest to these email addresses: dairybiss@gmail.com and liyagirmaabebe@gmail.com with the required documents. Make a note on the selection criteria points which are attached with this announcement.Training Animal Health Successful candidates will be informed through email.

DairyBISS look forward to hear from you!

DairyBISS Team


Selection Criteria for the Production Advisory Capacity Building Program

No Criteria Description Requirement
1 Level of education BSc in animal production OR Diploma in animal production Copy of certificate
2 Years of work experience 2 years and not more than 10 years Letter of work experience (LWE)
3 Dairy sector experience At least one year experience in a farm or firm LWE explain practical involvement in farm/ firm
4 Background Must have at least one client farm that you are advizing Contact detail and background on client farm
Size of the farm should be no less than 5 cows
Client farm willing to participate in the training/coaching activity.
5 Reasonable understanding of English both written and spoken Review written material and a short interview in English Short Interview and Motivation letter
6 Able to take a few days (max. 3 days) off work to attend training Understanding of the DairyBISS capacity building program expectation including the coaching requirement Verbal / Written explanation

November 11, 2016

Coming soon: announcement to apply for next round of Dairy Production training, part of Production Advisory Capacity Building Program, getting started January 2017. DairyBISS will organize a hoof trimming course for next week November 15 and 18, 2016. Hoof trimming

Retrospect on Dairy Economics Training

October 4 and 5, 2016

The Dairy Economics Training took place at Harmony Hotel in Addis. Mr. Jelle Zijlstra, Dairy Economist of Wageningen Livestock Research in the Netherlands, discussed in the morning of the first day the experiences with the checklists. After it, based on the comments, the checklist was modified. At the afternoon there was a farm visit organized. Knowledge gained in the morning was applied in practice on the farm of one of the participants in Addis. Training Young Stock Rearing On the second day he taught about calculation of cash flow statement and profit and loss account. The impact of business adjustments for expenses and revenues were discussed and also the best practices to improve profit and the implementation of these economics on a dairy farm. In the afternoon communication and tools to improve this implementation were taught and discussed and a group photograph was made.

The Dairy Economics Training was the last of totally six Dairy 
Production trainings organized by DairyBISS for 2016. 
In 2017 a new group of advisors will be trained on Dairy Production. 
If you are interested to be involved, 
please wait for the announcement coming soon on this website 
and contact us.

DairyBISS wish you a wonderful Ethiopian new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. May 2009 new Ethiopian year be your best year!


Dutch companies show interest to invest in improving Ethiopian dairy sector

May 23, 2016

Several Dutch companies including knowledge institutes visited Ethiopia during the Netherlands-Ethiopia Trade Mission, organized by the Dutch Embassy and Ministry of Foreign affairs of both country. DairyBISS assisted mainly in the dairy sector where a significant interest was reflected to invest in Ethiopia to improve the existing situation in the dairy sector.

Ethiopia-Netherlands trade mission, dairy Seminar May 18, 2016

Ethiopia-Netherlands trade mission, dairy Seminar May 18, 2016

 “The potential of the Ethiopian dairy sector is huge”, said State Minister of Livestock Development and Fishery, Dr. Gebre-Egziabher Gebre-Yohannis during the seminar organised by DairyBISS on Wednesday May 18 at Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa. “But the dairy sector cannot properly develop if the private sector is not involved”. Therewith inviting Dutch companies to make use of the opportunities the development of the Ethiopian dairy sector has to offer, not only in primary production, but also in improving processing.

Besides improving productivity and processing, a challenge for successful development of the sector is improving feed and fodder production. Adriaan Vernooij, part of the DairyBISS project, explained that in 1980, 30% of Ethiopia was covered by grassland, this was reduced to 12% in the year 2000, meaning there is less land available to feed cattle. In addition, feed quality is not sufficient, leading to inefficient productivity. Mr. Vernooij called for, among others, improving grassland management; better planting and seed material; and improving storage to prevent losses.

Pierre Schonenberg of the Rabobank addressed the issue of access to finance, an important topic that was also discussed during a DairyBISS platform meeting in April https://dairyethiopia.com/news/. Mr. Schonenberg strongly recommended involving financers from the start of the project to ensure involvement and adequate knowledge. A major challenge for financial institutions to provide access to finance is the credibility of small farmers, who often lack a sound financial overview of their businesses. The DairyBISS project will take up this challenge to test innovative financial products in the dairy sector to overcome and learn from its findings.

Dutch campaniles visited commercial dairy Farms and processing plants at Sululta may 19, 2018

Dutch campaniles visited commercial dairy Farms and processing plants at Sululta may 19, 2018

On the following day, DairyBISS organised dairy farm and firm visits by Dutch companies with a discussion forum with NGOs and government officials to understand the current situation in the dairy sector. Dairy farms and processing facilities’ in sululta: Kassa Abebe Integrated dairy farm, Loni Milk processing, Life Agro Industry and Elimtu Integrated milk processing factory were visited. The visit showed that Ethiopia has great potential for successful dairy development, if challenges are adequately addressed. This can be a reality through the cooperated effort of the private sector, knowledge and education institutes and the government.

Delegates from Dutch education institutes discussed on developing 

dairy education with Ethiopian Universities and ATVET. 

As part of the trade mission, education institutions from Dutch delegates and Ethiopian universities sat down for a morning session to brainstorm on the challenges in the dairy education and possibility of collaboration with the private sector. This session was organised by DairyBISS at the Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa with a follow up visit with some universities and ATVET for a more detailed discussion. The dairy sector needs skilled profession both in production and processing. Moreover the existing capacity of universities and ATVETS require further assistance to deliver the required outcome.

Dr Mohammed (Jimma University) affirmed the importance of collaboration among universities in Ethiopia and Dutch as well as ATVETS to produce equipped students able to function both at a  theoretical and practical level. It was forwarded by Ato Sintayehu (Hawassa University) that the private sector is going much faster than the education institutions pointing the fact that the first MSc in dairy processing was designed 55 years after the first processing unit was implemented in Ethiopia.

Representatives from Ethiopia universities and ATVETs  listed out the challenges facing the dairy sector in the education area as lack of practical skilled trainers and students as well as large class size makes it difficult to making learning sessions practical. The weak linkage between university and private sector including the community to facilitate for example internship and research possibilities was a point most mentioned. The apparent disconnect makes it difficult to gear the teaching to a need based learning system.

The audience brainstormed on possible solutions, an outstanding point is to have a centre of excellence that demonstrate best practice and create possibilities for universities and ATVET to share experience among themselves and the private sector. Moreover collaboration of training centre by creating a bilateral arrangement between education and private sectors which could be a way to attract research and internship programs in the private sector. The idea was welcomed by many participants and high degree of willingness was expressed by Jimma University, Hawassa University, EMDIDI, Haramaya and others. Moreover a point was made that assistance from the Dutch education institutions would facilitate the change and implementation process.


Financial sector sheds hope to Ethiopian dairy business

 April 19, 2016

2nd dairy Business platform participants

The Dairy sector and financial institutions realize the need for a closer collaboration to develop new finance models that can support the development of the Ethiopian dairy sector. This was agreed by representatives of prominent banks, insurance companies and the dairy sector who attended the 2nd dairy business platform meeting in Addis Ababa on April 7th, 2016 organized by DairyBISS.

‘Closer collaboration with financial institutions is needed to enable successful developments in the Ethiopian dairy sector’, said Jan van der Lee, project manager of DairyBISS Ethiopia. However, banks claim that often sound financial information of dairy business is lacking, especially with start-up businesses.

This makes it difficult for banks to make evidence-based decisions on providing financial credits to farmers. ‘DairyBISS will start investigating possibilities for new financing models, together with financial institutions and the dairy sector’, announced Van der Lee.

The current credit crunch prominent in the country has created a grim situation for investors and business owners by disrupting the continuous flow of product along the value chain.

For more information on the event, click New letter for 2nd dairy platform


Ethiopian DairyBISS continues with technical training

March 10,2016

DairyBISS organizes two technical trainings for Ethiopians active in dairy production and processing this week. The first one deals with dairy production with a focus on housing. The second training deals with technical maintenance in dairy processing. The trainings are part of a six-month training & coaching program on dairy business development for Ethiopian livestock sector advisors.

Trainees on Excursion to Selalie Dairy Processing Plant

The DairyBISS advisor training and coaching program aim to build capacity for advisors in dairy production to improve the dairy sector in Ethiopia. 17 Participants from different backgroundsstarted this week with the training for advisors on dairy cattle housing.Participants include farm managers and farm owners, advisors, veterinarians and teachers. The three-day programmeincludes basic introductions to the topic as well as a specific focus on housing and housing design principals.The participants will visit several farms to evaluate their housing situation against basic dairy farm management principles on housing, feeding, reproduction, health and economics. The training on technical maintenance in dairy processing will be attended by technicians from five dairy plants. The reason for this training is derived from a previous capacity gap assessment. This identified technical management and (lack of) routine maintenance plans as having the highest priority for training activities. The maintenance training is jointly organised with the Ethiopian Dairy Processors Association and will be carried on two dairy plants near Addis Ababa. Themaintenance training is a pilot to determine the future direction of training on processing of the DairyBISS program. Related news: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/livestock-research/show/Dairy-business-development-kicks-off-in-Ethiopia-.htm ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Ethio-Netherlands Business Event, November, 5-6, 2016, Hague, Netherlands

December 8, 2015

 ” Increasing competitiveness vs cooperation in Ethiopia private dairy commercial sector”

Ethio NL event

Ethio-Netherlands business to business event, November 5-6, 2015.

 The Ethio-Netherlands Business event was held from November 5-6, 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands. During a general plenary session Dutch private sector actors presented their  testimonies on opportunities and the favourable policy environment to invest in Ethiopia. Following the plenary sessions separate workshops were also conducted on business opportunity reports and business cases on seven sectors:  oilseeds, vegetable seeds, dairy, poultry, spices, textiles and construction. During the workshop on the dairy sector, investment opportunitiesy in Ethiopia dairy sector was presented by Mr. Adriaan Vernooij from Wageningen UR Livestock Research ,followed by room for discussion, questions and answers. For this presentation a business opportunity report has been developed by DairyBISS in collaboration with NABC with the support of the  Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Ethiopia. The report focuses mainly on showing promising areas in the dairy sector  through providing useful and realistic information for the Dutch companies that like to invest in Ethiopia. Ethio NL event The business opportunity report for the dairy sector in Ethiopia can be found here  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

First Advisor Training on Dairy Production

December 8, 2015

” An Instrument to Understand the Desire and Act Accordingly” The first advisor training on dairy production was conducted on 7 October 2015 in Sululta. Mr. Wytze Heida, from the Friesian dairy development company, facilitated the training. Good dairy farming practices and the principles of good housing design were the main topics of the training. Mr. Heida provided a brief description on how quality milk is safely produced from a healthy animal using management practises that are sustainable from an animal welfare, social, economic and environmental perspective.  Following the discussion on the first topics, the trainer provided a brief practical and theoretical presentation on “what does the cow want?” He gave details on barn construction features that are most critical for cow’s productivity and longevity. The trainer analysed and compared comparison existing models with the situation at a customary dairy farm in Sululta, Ethiopia looking at the following topics: barn surface construction, stall made and dimension, bedding material, volume and quality, feeding and drinking facility, safety of cows during resting, walking and standing. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

First Dairy Business Platform Meeting in Addis Ababa

December 3, 2015

20151006 First DairyBISS platformOn October 6, 2015 the first dairy business platform meeting was held in Addis Ababa. This meeting united 25 enthusiastic dairy professionals working along the entire dairy value chain to discuss the main challenges in the sector and how to move forward through a platform. The dairy business platform is an initiative from the Dairy Business Information Service and Support (DairyBISS) project of Wageningen UR Livestock Research and Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia. It is one of the main strategies  of the project in supporting the commercial dairy sector in Ethiopia. During the platform meeting the objective and strategies of the DairyBISS project were presented. This was followed by a validation exercise on the preliminary results of a baseline study conducted in September 2015 for which farmers, firms and advisors in the dairy sector were interviewed. Finally business opportunities in the dairy value chain in Ethiopia were presented. The presentations were followed by group discussions on, among other things, how to further shape the functioning of the dairy business platform. After the dairy business platform suggestions made by participants were included in the baseline report and the DairyBISS team has set out to form a task force to create a governance structure for the dairy business platform. For more information about the first dairy business platform meeting you can find the proceedings here.