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Cows for celebration in Zambia

Cows for celebration in Zambia

Sunday 27 February 2022

Cows for celebration in Zambia

Sunday 27 February 2022


An agreement has been signed to bring dairy aid from Jersey to a fourth African country in a move aiming to help 10,000 families living in poverty.

It was announced this week that an agreement has been reached with the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock to bring the island's "renowned" dairy development programme to Zambia.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been completed in association with Jersey Overseas Aid and the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society. 

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Pictured: Deputy Carolyn Labey was in Zambia to sign a memorandum to bring the "renowned" dairy programme to a fourth African country.

Aid delivered to Zambia will include training for farmers in addition to access to Jersey cows and their high-yield, high-quality milk.

The work will begin this year and will likely reach 10,000 Zambian families living in poverty.

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Pictured: In 2016, a memorandum of understanding with Rwanda was signed by Philip Ozouf at the World Economic Forum.

Zambia will be the fourth African country to receive aid from the program, after assistance was previously given to Rwanda under another MOU. In Rwanda, a female Jersey cross cow is now estimated to be born every hour.

Malawi and Ethiopia have also benefited from dairy projects centred around the Jersey cow. These projects are claimed to have collectively “transformed milk yields for tens of thousands” of African smallholders.

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Pictured: "Growing cooperation and friendship" - the International Development Minister appeared "extensively" in Zambian news during her visit.

Deputy Carolyn Labey signed the agreement in her capacity as Minister for International Development.

“It is such a pleasure to see our beloved Jersey cow lift so many people out of poverty,” said Deputy Labey, “and I’m delighted we will now begin this work in Zambia," she said.

The Minister became somewhat of an overnight celebrity on her recent visit to the country, appearing on Zambian television in the news which gave “extensive coverage” to the visit.

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