SNV and PUM have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to boost business capacity of organisations in developing countries and emerging markets,
PUM is a Dutch foundation whose senior experts provide business advice and technical assistance to organisations in developing countries and emerging markets, facilitating sustainable paths for growth. The SNV-PUM MoU will faciliate PUM-experts to transfer industry knowledge and expertise to the SNV Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme (KMDP), which aims to build the commerical Dairy market in Kenya and strengthen business-to-business networks.
"We have many large and small Dutch actors in the dairy industry, and corporations and farmers are keen to learn from our dairy experts. Ultimately with the aim to have both farmers and SMEs benefit from this approach." says Harm Duiker, SNV Country Director in Kenya.
"In Kenya, 80% of milk is still produced by smallholder farmers. In the next ten to twenty years they will remain important for food security. For that reason, SNV works with 18 cooperatives for smallholder farmers whom we provide with support and education. On the other hand, we also work with middle-size farmers, who have more land and cattle and who have rediscovered dairy as a very interesting commercial business opportunity."
"This amounts to almost twenty thousand farmers with huge potential. Farmers who can - with the right knowledge - take significant steps in the short term. That is why we work together with PUM, because these farmers are crucial in the longterm for food security and safety. PUM-experts are involved for a longer period of time, to ensure structured cooperation and solid relations with companies and consultants. We also advise larger and more market-oriented companies, because they have the potential to grow, and can and will invest in knowledge and innovation. By supporting these companies in better management practices, they in turn become an example for the smaller businesses."
“The new cooperation between SNV and PUM is a wonderful contribution to the Dutch aid & trade development agenda. We want our programmes to start with the Dutch expertise and experience that we have to offer. PUM-experts can thus become ambassadors for effective business in Kenya.” said Dr. IR. Melle Leenstra, First Secretary Economic Development and Food Security, Netherlands Embassy Nairobi, Kenya.