This partnership brings together social enterprise Laos Buffalo Dairy (LBD), the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College (NAFC), the Provincial Health Department (PHD) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to promote the regeneration of buffalo herds in Laos to improve rural livelihoods. LBD will work to improve buffalo genetic health, influence dietary practices to include buffalo milk and help make buffalo dairies a viable commercial operation for smallholder farmers. Students from NAFC will gain exposure to practical training opportunities at the dairy and the Health Department will help drive awareness of the nutritional benefits of buffalo milk. Two NGOs will support the implementing partners contributions: Helvetas for NAFC and the Swiss Red Cross for PHD.
The “Healthy Buffalo for Healthier People” partnership aims to scale-up LBD to bring more buffalo into the breeding program and reach more households. Households engaged in the dairy will have improved buffalo health, better breeding practices and learn how to milk for improved nutrition and potential revenue generation.