While poverty has declined drastically in a lot of other Asian countries, the Philippines has been left behind in that respect. In fact, no less than 22.6% of the population of the Philippines still live in extreme poverty. Milk could be part of the solution. And that is why Inex is helping Filipino dairy farmers via Trias.
High production costs and low yields mean that Filipino dairy farmers can barely afford to invest in modernizing their businesses or expanding their herds. To make things worse, a powerful typhoon destroyed a large part of the infrastructure required in 2016.
Partnership between Inex, OVO, Trias and BFDC
OVO put dairy company Inex in contact with the NGO Trias and the problems in the Philippines. Trias supports BFDC, an umbrella organization with a total of 6177 members operating in the dairy chain. Points for attention include breed improvement and dairy processing. The federation contacts local authorities in order to set up milk programs for schoolchildren.
“Inex was already supporting good causes in Belgium, such as Stand Up To Cancer”, explains MD Peter Grugeon. “But we wanted to do our bit in developing countries too. The Trias project is a perfect fit for our own activities. So we are glad to put our best efforts into it.”
Sharing resources and expertise
Inex is helping to co-fund the project, but it doesn’t stop there. “We want to share our expertise with the local dairy farmers too and strengthen their know-how. That close involvement is not only an added value for the Filipino livestock farmers but for us too. Our joint commitment to a good cause strengthens the solidarity within the company. So there is no doubt that it is a win-win situation.”
Even before Inex joined the project, the figures looked good. In 2019, the production of raw milk went up by 25%. What is more, during the first 5 months of 2019 the cooperative generated the same turnover as had been achieved throughout the whole of 2018. “The aim of our collaboration is to boost those positive figures even further and maintain sustainable growth. The first step has already been taken”, states Peter Grugeon.
Find out more about the Trias project.