NEADAP and SNV BRIDGE at ALEC: showcasing dairy sector development

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SNV BRIDGE, NEADAP and other dairy partners recently showcased our impact and achievements at the 8th edition of the African Livestock Exhibition and Congress (ALEC), the largest livestock gathering in East Africa, held from October 26 to 28, 2023, at Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the event was Livestock for Economic Growth and Prosperity.

SNV Ethiopia participated in the event with two SNV pavilions at the exhibition and facilitated parallel sessions with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ethiopia (EKN) for hosting agricultural sector projects (BRIDGE, NEADAP, RAYEE, and NBP+), key federal and regional stakeholders, and professionals in the sector. The goal was to showcase the SNV way of value chain development, which allows for the possibility of scaling up the organisation's development approach and showcasing its achievements.

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Speakers from the opening session

The event opening session speakers included Mrs. Julie Graham, SNV Ethiopia Country Director, H.E. Amb. Henk Jan Bakker, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dr. Alemayehu Mekonen, Advisor to the State Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Daniel Olani, Advisor to State Minister of the Ministry of Industry, Kebour Ghenna, Executive Director of Pan African Chambers of Commerce and Industries, and Mr. Osama Moustafa, President & CEO of Expo team for Services Co. Ltd.

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Mrs. Julie Graham, SNV Ethiopia Country Director, Speaking at ALEC

Julie Graham, SNV Ethiopia Country Director, announced the upcoming ‘BRIDGE Plus’ project, which will build on the achievements of the current BRIDGE project and introduce additional elements to further enhance the dairy sector in Ethiopia.

, This robust initiative, set to launch next month, signifies the Dutch commitment to bolstering the dairy sector in Ethiopia, with the invaluable support of the Agricultural Counsellor from our embassy. We are dedicated to preparing and fortifying the Ethiopian dairy sector. Mrs. Julie Graham, SNV Ethiopia Country Director, Speaking at ALEC.

The SNV pavilions were designed to make the dairy sector more appealing by bringing together all dairy value players, supporters, and enablers to demonstrate their products and services, as well as newly released livestock technology, regulations, and services, at the exhibition.

SNV also facilitated four different side sessions in partnership with EKN, the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA), and the Oromia regional livestock office with the goal of positioning the dairy sector as well as sharing its lessons and expertise with diverse players operating in the sector. The sessions covered topics such as dairy feed and housing, breeding and genetics, dairy product safety and quality regulation and practices, and dairy sector policy and institutional framework.

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BRIDGE Project Manager, Rinus Van Klinken addresses participants during a side session at ALEC 2023

The sessions were well attended and received positive feedback from the participants, who appreciated the opportunity to learn from the experts, share their experiences and challenges, and network with other stakeholders.

Participation in the 8th ALEC event was a successful endeavour to showcase our impact and achievements in the dairy sector, as well as to create awareness and interest among potential partners and beneficiaries. We hope to continue the collaboration and engagement with the dairy sector actors and contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of Ethiopia through livestock development.



Terefe Taye

Senior Dairy Production Advisor, SNV Ethiopia

Alex Mounde Arisi

Alex Mounde

Communication officer NEADAP

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